Predicting Hurricane Harvey’s Wrath, and Investigating its Aftermath

The Texas Tribune and ProPublica came to their coverage of Hurricane Harvey well-armed with data and information from their award winning investigation in 2016 —     “Hell and High Water” — which focused partly on the Houston area’s vulnerability to a major hurricane storm surge, and the other on how the city’s unchecked development had made it more susceptible to catastrophic flooding.

When their storm simulations turned tragic reality as Hurricane Harvey made landfall in August 2017, the Tribune team went into action, producing more than 150 stories, data visualizations, podcasts and video packages. Neena Satija of The Texas Tribune visits with Foundation Chairman Mark Morrison on the work already done in response to Harvey and the work that remains.