Chief Judge Susan G. Braden of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims unloaded on the government lawyers, who had asked for delays in the case including a year to allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to "look for documents."

"It took the Army Corps of Engineers a few minutes to make a decision to open dams that left people without homes and without property," Braden told a Houston courtroom with 20 attorneys representing both flooded-out Houstonians and the U.S. government.