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Corps ignored reports about levee problems

Bob Marshall of The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reports the Army Corps of Engineers knew about "engineering mistakes that led to the canal levee failures that flooded most of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina" but dismissed them. "Documents, obtained by The Times-Picayune and provided to forensic engineers studying the levee breaches, show project engineers made a critical mistake in assessing soil strengths on the 17th Avenue Canal project, said Robert Bea, a University of California-Berkeley professor who is a member of the National Science Foundation team."

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