Clarksville Leaf Chronicle: Alexander: Corps may have mishandled flooding

Posted on May 7, 2010

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lamar Alexander said today
that the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may have
mishandled the flooding in middle Tennessee,
making a bad situation worse.

“One of the things we might be able to do better in
the event of a disaster like this is to have clear,
correct and consistent information from the Army
Corps of Engineers about the release of water from
the Old Hickory and Percy Priest dams," Alexander
said during a meeting of the Senate
Environment
and Public Works Committee.

"It’s too early to say whether the information we did
receive was unclear, incorrect or inconsistent, but
we should address whether more information about
the rise of floodwaters on the Cumberland River to
the community might have saved millions of dollars
in damages," Alexander said.

The committee’s Chairwoman, Sen. Barbara Boxer,
D-Calif., and ranking Republican Member, Sen. Jim
Inhofe, R-Okla., agreed to address the issue.

"This is a time for cleaning up and helping people,
but it’s also a time for asking the question, ‘What
can we do better?' " Alexander said.