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Down the Drain: An Eyewitness Investigation

Eyewitness News assembled a team of veteran reporters, researchers, experts and insiders to launch an investigation, unprecedented in its size and scope, into the Sewerage and Water Board, and the city's handling of its drainage system.

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Down the Drain is a WWL-TV investigative project that explores what went wrong and where the blame lies for New Orleans' drainage crisis. Down the Drain was reported and produced by WWL-TV's investigative team: Katie Moore, David Hammer, Mike Perlstein, TJ Pipitone and Danny Monteverde. Infographics and multimedia design by Sam Winstrom and Kevin Dupuy.

The flash of lightning and the rumble of thunder was enough to take notice, but not to cause concern. At least when it began. A summer downpour is as routine as a muggy morning in New Orleans. However, soon came the 911 calls, from Mid-City, from Lakeview, from Gentilly.