Corps Should’ve Better Communicated Water Releases From Dams, Bredesen Says

Governor Phil Bredesen says the Army Corps of Engineers could’ve done a better job communicating last week how it was managing floodwaters at area dams. But Bredesen says he doesn’t know whether the corps should’ve handled the rising waters differently.

Bredesen says he has no reason to believe the corps did anything wrong, but it certainly should’ve done more to get the word out about when it would be letting water past its dams, and how much.

“I don’t know if the water releases were fine; I’m saying that you have people that think that they weren’t. I certainly have heard plenty of complaints, starting with Opryland, about projections that weren’t as accurate as they might have been in terms of that.”

Bredesen says early last week it was hard to get ahold of corps officials.

“When something as big as this happens, to just kind of go to ground and not talk to reporters, you know, when you have – we had to sort of track them down – I really do think they need to go beyond that and I think they probably realize that at this point.”

Bredesen says he hopes later on corps officials will go back and review those decisions.

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Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander has called for a Congressional hearing into how the corps handled last week’s flooding.

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