Wednesday, March 14

New Orleans Still Vulnerable

34 heavy duty pumps that are supposed to keep New Orleans safe from a hurricane are still not working properly. What do I mean "still" not working properly?

(CBS/AP) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, rushing to meet President Bush's promise to protect New Orleans by the start of the 2006 hurricane season, installed defective flood-control pumps last year despite warnings from its own expert that the equipment would fail during a storm, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.
Luckily 2006 wasn't intense, yet those 34 defective pumps still aren't completely fixed. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is again having to rush to try to fix these before this years hurricane season. What are the problems with these pumps you ask?
The pumps are now being pulled out and overhauled because of excessive vibration, Corps officials said. Other problems have included overheated engines, broken hoses and blown gaskets