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Gaylord Opryland to question Army Corps of Engineers


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Gaylord Entertainment executives of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel will meet with the Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday to discuss the controversy surrounding the historic flood last month.

According to a report in The Tennessean, Gaylord will ask questions about the Corps' release of water from the Old Hickory Dam the weekend of the May 1 and May 2.

The Corps said it released water through the dam to avoid it from being overtopped, which would have rendered it useless.

Water flooded from the Cumberland River damaged the Opryland area and several other properties in the area.

Net repair costs to Opryland reach $170 million.

Gaylord Entertainment CEO Colin Reed said damage could have been minimized had they received accurate information earlier in the day May 2.

"It was because the vast volume of water that was being released from Old Hickory Dam had created a flood stage much, much higher than the National Weather Service had thought about earlier in the day," Reid said.  "We obviously have some big time questions for the Army Corps of Engineers and the government agency that regulates the water releases here."

The company also plans to inquire about improving the levee system near the Opryland resort and the Opry Mills shopping cent. 

The reportedly want to know who may pay for the improvements to the levee.

Gaylord hopes to reopen the Opryland Resort and Convention by mid-November.

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