Sunday, June 10, 2007


Engineer report: Some flaws remain in outfall canal pumps

‘An Army Corps of Engineers report found mechanical and contracting problems with drainage pumps installed by the corps before the start of the 2006 hurricane season, prompting a Louisiana senator to call for a Justice Department investigation.

Although the pumps have been extensively overhauled, critical flaws remain a year later, according to the report, which was released Friday.

The review by three corps engineers from outside the New Orleand district office backed up findings of a May 2006 memo by a corps mechanical engineer working on the $32 million pump project. The memo warned the pumps were faulty and would not work during a hurricane.’

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