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.

NEW ORLEANS -- As heavy rain flooded the streets of New Orleans, frantic calls flooded the 911 center reporting rising water.

WWL-TV obtained many of these calls through a public-records request. Explore the story map below to listen to the calls.

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Listen to the 911 calls from the Aug. 5 flood