This area below on the tour loop was not flooded as deep, but you can still see the impact on the guinea grass.
The view at Cattail Lakes was of one large pond . The levees subdividing the pond into various units were covered with water.
A branch of the river crossed the tour loop road here and cut into the gravel and soil on the right (east) side of the road. The drop off was 2-3 feet deep on the right side of the picture. Cattail Lakes again.
The forest is recovering quickly. The invasive exotic guinea grass was killed and the roots rotted after several weeks under water. Unfortunately, the grass is regenerating from the seed bank, but the refuge staff are making great efforts to control the guinea grass while it is more sensitive to grass-specific herbicides.