Alexander Announces U.S. Senate Hearing on Army Corps Handling of Tennessee Flood

July Hearing to Focus on U.S. Army Corps “After Action Report” on Flood, Lessons Learned, How to Prevent Loss of Life and Property in Future Disasters

Posted on June 28, 2010

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today announced that the Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, of which he is a member, will hold a hearing on July 22 to  to examine how federal agencies responded to the historic Tennessee flood of 2010.  Sen. Alexander said the hearing will focus specifically on how  the Army Corps of Engineers and the National Weather Service communicated with other agencies and the public about rising waters and that “the goal of the hearing is to determine what actions can be taken to improve those communications to prevent loss of life and property in future floods.” Alexander said he expects the Corps will present its findings from its After Action Report (AAR) on the flood, which will include lessons learned.

The public hearing will be held on Thursday, July 22, 2010, at 9:30 a.m. ET in the Senate Appropriations hearing room of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.

The following will be invited by the Subcommittee to testify at the hearing:

  1. Members of the Tennessee congressional delegation
  2. General John Peabody, Commander of the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  3. Dr. Jack Hayes, Director of the National Weather Service
  4. James Bassham, Director of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency
  5. Mayor Karl Dean, Nashville
  6. Mayor Richard Hodges, Millington
  7. Whit Adamson, President of the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters
  8. Bert Mathews, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce