Home Archived April 13, 2016

U.S. Geological Survey

Maps, Imagery, and Publications Hazards Newsroom Education Jobs Partnerships Library About USGS Social Media

USGS Newsroom

USGS Newsroom  

USGS Releases Aerial Video of Coastal Impacts From Biloxi, Miss. To Chandeleur Islands, La.
Released: 9/6/2005 11:08:18 AM

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Ann Tihansky 1-click interview
Phone: 727-803-8747 x3075

Carolyn  Bell 1-click interview
Phone: 703-648-4463

What: The USGS is releasing today a 25-minute videotape of footage showing coastal impacts resulting from Hurricane Katrina along the coastline of the northern Gulf of Mexico.

Video details: Total Length approximately 25 minutes, 7 segments

When: September 6, 2005 time

Where: Network News Service (NNS) will provide a 30 min window to uplink the USGS survey material.

Satellite Information: Time, 1430-1500; SBS 6 K-4 (analog, downlink frequency 11798 vertical, audio 6.2, 6.8

Footage of barrier islands and the mainland coast was collected by the USGS on August 31, 2005, to document coastal change in response to Hurricane Katrina. Selected footage and time stamp segments are described for the seven separate segments included on the tape.

Segment 1—Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana, located east of the Delta, before Hurricane Katrina. Starting at the north end of the islands looking south and west. There is a tower and a lighthouse. Tower appears in upper left of picture at onscreen time stamp 16:25:32. Lighthouse appears at onscreen time stamp 16:25:43. Island chain consists of narrow sandy beaches and low vegetated dunes.

Segment 2—Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana, located east of the Delta, after Hurricane Katrina. Starting at the north end of the island chain looking south and west. The lighthouse was not found, tower appears at onscreen time stamp 18:33:33. As the flight proceeds south, the islands that do appear are marshy outcrops with no sand left. Comparison to before footage shows dramatic removal of all the sand. This coastal response is similar to the damage observed at the Isles Dernieres after Hurricane Andrew. "I’ve seen dramatic responses in the Chandeleur Islands after a number of storms but I’ve never seen it this bad," said USGS scientist Abby Sallenger. The dramatic changes makes finding the same locations for ’before and after’ comparisons more challenging. Before and after photo pairs are posted at http://coastal.er.usgs.gov/hurricanes/katrina/

Segment 3—Gulf Shores, Alabama shows examples of overwash that occurred. In 2004, Ivans’s eye went ashore in this same area. An inlet or breach across the island that formed during Ivan, was reformed by Katrina. Segment 4—Dauphin Island, Alabama, is approximately 110 km east of where Katrina’s eye came ashore. Sections of Dauphin Island west of the airport and fishing pier look as if an enormous rake has been dragged across the island. Large amounts of beach sand washed over the island, covered roads and filled canals. Storm surge created numerous temporary inlets as the water carved out paths through the sand. Footage includes a large breach of the island toward the west end.

Segments 5, 6, 7—Biloxi, Mississippi and Mainland Gulf Coast west of Biloxi These segments show evidence of the destructive power of Katrina’s storm surge. The surge of water moved inland carrying with it the debris of structures from the first four or five blocks that had been leveled by the advancing water. Offshore casino barges are lodged inland and mere foundations are all that is left of buildings that were once there. The wrack line of debris is a five to eight foot high pile that ended up several blocks inland. Sections of bridges of Highway US-90 have been destroyed with the remaining supports toppled like dominoes.

Location Date of Data
(not time code)
1 Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana before Katrina 7-18-01 16:25:21 3:28
2 Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana after Katrina 8-31-05 18:33:17 2:44
3 Gulf Shores, Alabama 8-31-05 16:57:31 2:33
4 Dauphin Island, Alabama 8-31-05 17:12:04 3:50
5 Biloxi, Mississippi 8-31-05 21:12:34 2:22
6 Biloxi, Mississippi 8-31-05 21:18:13 1:51
7 Mainland Mississippi 8-31-05 21:27:42 7:45

Availability: This will be a one-time broadcast. Afterwards, tape copies may be obtained by contacting Ann B. Tihansky, USGS, tihansky@usgs.gov, (727) 803-8747 ext. 3075. Please provide an overnight shipping account number at the time of the request.

The USGS serves the nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life.

Subscribe to receive the latest USGS news releases.

**** www.usgs.gov ****

Links and contacts within this release are valid at the time of publication.


Accessibility FOIA Privacy Policies and Notices

USA.gov logo U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey
URL: http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=907
Page Contact Information: Ask USGS
Page Last Modified: 9/6/2005 11:08:18 AM