During the Spring of 2019, the Arkansas River watershed experienced a significant amount of precipitation runoff which culminated in record flooding along the Arkansas River in late May early June of 2019.
In support of response and recovery activities, the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) collected 6 inch resolution aerial photography during the peak of the flooding event. This aerial photography or imagery was collected to help ARDOT in their efforts to recover and restore our State’s affected roads and highways. Additionally, this aerial photography supported state and local response and recovery activities. This included mapping flood impact to analyze property and economic loss, or to influence policy and procedural development in State levee management practices during the flood after action review.
In partnership with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management & the Arkansas GIS Office aerial photography processing was contracted with the Sanborn Map Company. Sanborn, the same company that flew & processed Arkansas’s statewide aerial photography collection in 2017 was able to leverage years of industry knowledge and expertise to quickly meet the State’s image processing needs during a record flooding event.