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  • In the Danger Zone

    "This series revealed how seriously inaccurate federal flood maps for coastal Alabama have contributed to hurricane flood losses, encouraged unsafe construction, and influenced people to forego flood insurance." FEMA’s flood maps drastically underestimate the reality of coastal flooding in large areas of Alabama; the author used GIS to show that floods in the area are six to nine times more frequent than federal predictions.
  • Money Down the River

    "This package documented how an apartment complex built in a flood plain received $10.7 million -- more than twice its assessed value -- from the National Flood Insurance Program. Basked on figures obtained through FOIA, the story detailed how the federally backed insurance program allowed Willow River Apartments to rebuild time and time again in a flood-prone area where development is no longer allowed."
  • Hurricane Katrina environmental coverage

    In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans and the surrounding areas faced high environmental risks. This series of stories covers the effect that Katrina and the resulting floods had on the area. It uncovered risk ranging from oil spills to high mercury levels.
  • Hurricane Katrina: How New Orleans' Levees Failed

    The reporters investigated how the New Orleans levee system, built to protect the city from flooding, failed when Hurricane Katrina hit. The authors found that a large part of the problem with the levees boiled down to human error - mistakes that cost hundreds of lives.
  • Investigating Broken Levees

    Levee experts commissioned to study the flooding of New Orleans testify that the Army Corps of Engineers contractors' work on the New Orleans levees was substandard. The experts quoted contacted the NewsHour and the New York Times exclusively to publicize the information
  • Flood Threat

    The authors found that 30,000 homes in San Joaquin County, CA were built in areas prone to flooding. Furthermore, the levees protecting the homes are unstable and insufficient.
  • The Downfall of AaiPharma

    This almost year-long series follows the downfall of a company that started with evidence of "channel stuffing": flooding the market with products in order to increase revenue. Closer inspection revealed that numbers often did not add up and inventory tracking was also questionable. Throughout the investigation, stocks slide and top dogs resign their positions--but receive pay as consultants or generous compensation packages.
  • Your Home. Our Sewage

    This story uncovers the fact that thousands of Hamilton County residents were dealing with basements that were flooded with storm water and raw sewage following rainstorms. Many homeowners did not report it because of the fear that it might affect the future sale of their homes. However, of the residents who did report the problem, were faced with the fact that no one would accept the responsibility of fixing it. The Metropolitan Sewer District claimed that the responsibility for repairs belonged to the cities. Meanwhile, the cities were claiming that the repair should be done by the Metropolitan Sewer District according to a 1968 contract. After a number of county commission hearings following WCPO's investigation, the MSD finally assumed full responsibility for the repairs.
  • "Tunnel Troubles"

    Following the flooding and shutdown of a major tunnel thoroughfare, this investigation found a host of maintenance and safety concerns at a host of other area tunnels, including improperly functioning floodgates and broken fire hydrants and water valves. A bridge tunnel administrator who neglected the maintenance problems resigned after the stories aired.
  • Rivers down to barest of levels

    "A USA Today analysis found that scores of the nation's rivers fell to historic low levels during the past four months."