New Google Maps Show Irene Devastation

04/19/12 7:50AM By Mitch Wertlieb, Melody Bodette
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A bird's-eye-view shows the extent of Tropical Storm Irene's damage in Bethel.

On the ground, Tropical Storm Irene floodwaters devastated Vermont's communities, cutting off roads and washing away homes and businesses.

Now with a digital bird's-eye-view, the world can see the dramatic statewide extent of Tropical Storm Irene's damage to Vermont's landscape. Google has just updated its maps for Vermont with post-Irene imagery.

VPR's Mitch Wertlieb turned to two professors at St. Michael's College, Geography Professor Richard Kujawa and Environmental Studies Professor Laura Stroup to tell us the value of having these images at our digital fingertips.

Click listen to hear the interview.

You can view the new maps here. What's most striking to you about how the storm changed Vermont's landscape? Post your comments below or on VPR's Facebook page, or send a message via Twitter using the #VPR hashtag.



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View the Image Gallery: Irene Devastation Now Visible By Google Maps

More resources suggested by Professor Kujawa

For instant imagery, of course check out Google Maps, use StreetView to check out buildings and landscapes from the main roads.

If you have Google Earth on your computer, be sure to check out the timeline of imagery - the icon at the top of the screen which looks like a clock with a green arrow wrapped around it launches a timeline of available imagery. Street view works in Google Earth so you can examine pre-Irene  vegetation/ landscapes on many roads.

For more recent high-resolution imagery of Vermont from Digital Globe - try BING MAPS.  Try the BirdsEye View, if the imagery is available it can provide a complimentary look to straight overhead images.

For ONLINE GIS work in Vermont, experiment with the Vermont Interactive Map Viewer. There are lots of ways to display imagery as well as other mapping layers.  Maps can be saved and retrieved as well as printed.  There is a seamless set of USGS Topographic Maps.

For ONLINE GIS work more generally, experiment with the Environmental Systems Research Institute online software at Here there are topographic maps, various types of digital imagery and the ability to explore custom maps from a user community as well as exploring your own maps.

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