Victims Blame Corps For Homes' Flooding 5-14-2010 - WSMV Channel 4

Victims Blame Corps For Homes' Flooding 5-14-2010

Reported by Jeremy Finley
NASHVILLE, Tenn.Many flood victims still trying to recover from the flooding two weeks ago are joining the chorus of people furious at the Army Corps of Engineers.

Special Section: Flood Recovery | Video: Flood Victims Angry With Army Corps


The Channel 4 I-Team this week exposed how the corps released billions of gallons of water into the swollen Cumberland River without publicly announcing it.
"I'm very upset with the Corps," Austin Acuff said.
He's among the flood victims blaming the corps for the flooding of their homes.
The corps dumped more than 5 billion gallons of water into the Cumberland River during the worst of the flooding to prevent the collapse of the dam.
But the corps didn't publically announce it, choosing instead to alert the National Weather Service, which also never announced it.
"I'm sure both agencies are now going to take a look back and say, 'What can we learn from this? What can we do better?'" said Bob Sneed of the Army Corps of Engineers.
Acuff lives in a neighborhood near the river and said any warning would have saved him thousands of dollars.
"'Hey guys, there's a good chance we're going to have to open the dam. You've got about two hours, three hours, 30 minutes to move to higher ground,' but we're weren't given that. We were given nothing," said Acuff.
It's why Acuff started a website. It's also why flood victim and activist Thom Hazelip will hold a news conference Monday calling for a town hall meeting for the corps to explain its actions.
"I want the army corps to be accountable to the public," said Hazelip. "They need to be held accountable and accountable now."
The corps said the water released from the dam added to the flooding, but it thinks the water had moved on in enough time not cause the river to crest.



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