Timeline records how water rose -- and stayed -- on Aug. 5

Heavy rains filled parts of New Orleans on August 5. Mistakes were made that day but problems had existed for a long time.

Timeline records how water rose -- and stayed -- on Aug. 5

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 -- Heavy rains brought severe street flooding across New Orleans on Aug. 5. It was the second time in two weeks that a summer thunderstorm filled streets, flooding cars, homes and businesses.

The events and revelations that followed sparked a backlash against the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board. Explore the timeline of events below.

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