The team of engineering experts rushing to complete a preliminary report on the reasons behind levee failures that flooded much of the New Orleans area after Hurricane Katrina said it has been hampered by the Army Corps of Engineers' failure to provide documents and access to local corps employees.
"This makes me sad," said Robert Bea, who is part of a National Science Foundation team of University of California-Berkeley professors investigating the levee failures. "My first plea to them was to stand tall, come forward, bring out the information.
It's CYA, is what it is. Maybe the folks in New Orleans won't notice we built its levees on unstable soil if we just keep our mouths shut."