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Downtown flood After

Downtown flood After

Created by the Google Earth Current Events Community using the superimposition technique.

The photographer had taken this at such a strange angle that I can see it was difficult to match up to the map. Nonetheless the story it tells, of a flooded city, is worth it. Disaster can make familiar places unrecognizable. Recognition of place is a pre-verbal faculty; perhaps it is even the neurological infrastructure upon which language is based. It is essential that destroyed places be made recognizable so that we can understand what happened.