DigitalGlobe activated its FirstLook satellite imagery service for emergency management during last week’s widespread flooding in Colorado Springs near the Wyoming border.
The event imagery was collected as the floods occurred and delivered images to disaster relief agents for situational awareness response efforts, DigitalGlobe said Thursday.
Images were accompanied with geospatial analysis to provide “actionable information for first responders in near real-time,” said Andy Dinville, senior manager for DigitalGlobe Analytics.
DigitalGlobe also helped organize a crowd-sourcing campaign at Tomnod to enhance its maps and analysis of the damage.
Dinville said floodwaters were seen on the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and central Colorado, while images taken of Lyons.
Pictures showed downed McConnell Drive Bridge, flooding along St. Vrain River and its south side further upstream, as well as damaged highways.
The St. Vrain flooding pushed on to Longmont, with low-lying residential, commercial and industrial bearing the brunt of the effects of a swollen river.