Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Corps placed faulty pumps in New Orleans

I really apologize to my readers. I've ignored this story and should not have.
The 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.

The 2006 hurricane season turned out to be mild, and the new pumps were never pressed into action. But the Corps and the politically connected manufacturer of the equipment are still struggling to get the 34 heavy-duty pumps working properly.

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, according to the documents obtained by the AP.

Such a huge surprise. Its a "politically connected manufacturer" who is fucking NOLA. What does Bush have to do before he's thrown out on his ass? Just asking.

And yes, I do blame Bush because he's a fucking bully who would pressure people at the Army Corps of Engineers to do whatever it takes to "appear" to protect people.

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