Katrina 3-Year Coverage: Engineers to review post-Katrina pumps in New Orleans

The Associate Press reports that the Department of Defense plans on hiring an independent engineering company to review allegations that the Army Corps of Engineers let a contractor install faulty pumps after Hurricane Katrina despite a warning that they might fail

A whistleblower has said that the pumps installed after Hurricane Katrina weren't adequately tested and might fail during a big storm. Corps engineer Maria Garzino cautioned in early 2006 that the pumps would not work properly. She went on to say they were the wrong size and might self-destruct when started, had a flawed hydraulic system and would fail under a hurricane's stress. Garzino wrote that her inspection found that more than 40 percent had failed or were failing, the AP reports.