How "levee wars" are making floods worse

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Explained with a giant, scientific model.

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Correction: At 4:27, we mistakenly wrote "Nijmegan" when it should be spelled "Nijmegen."

In our latest Vox+ProPublica collaboration, we dive into how a structure that’s designed to protect us from floods, may actually be making them worse. High levees come at a high cost, often pushing water into communities that can’t afford the same protection. To demonstrate, we built a giant, scientific model of a river with levees — complete with adorable tiny houses.

Be sure to check out ProPublica’s feature story here for more on America’s flood control problem: https://www.propublica.org/article/levee-valley-park-flood-thy-neighbor-who-stays-dry-and-who-decides with the science explained here: https://projects.propublica.org/graphics/levees

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