U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander wants the Senate to look into whether better information from the U.S. Corps of Engineers could have spared Tennessee millions of dollars in damages from weekend flooding.
Alexander spoke Thursday during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, of which he is a member. He said it is a time for cleaning up and helping people, but also for asking, "What can we do better?"
The Tennessee Republican said he wants to know whether better information about the release of water from the Old Hickory and Percy Priest dams could have prevented some of the flood destruction that is estimated will cost at least $1 billion to repair in Nashville alone.
The Corps is conducted controlled water releases focused on freeing up space in lakes such as Percy Priest for future rain while avoiding any more downstream flooding.
The Corps said the only lake that has rising water levels is Lake Barkley in Kentucky.
The Corps said rain later in the five-day forecast isn't expected to make an impact on dam operations.