During the evening of 20th September 2014, the Pecos River overflowed its banks, surprising workers in the oilfields. Torrential rainfall had led to a rapid rise in the water, to levels not seen since the flood of 1941. The flooding covered more than 80km of the river, from Red Bluff dam to the town of Pecos. At this point, the river passes through the Yates Oil Field, one of the major oil fields of western Texas.
SPOT 6 was mobilized to measure the impact of the flood over this stretch of the river. The wide-swath imaging covered the entire length of the affected area. The high resolution was able to identify the flooded wells. The purpose of this acquisition campaign is two-fold: flood impact measurement and risk prevention.