Judge Says Corps is Responsible for Flooding
U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Nancy B. Firestone has ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for causing recurring flooding that damaged farms and property in four Midwest states along the Missouri River. More than 300 farmers, landowners, and business owners argued that the Corps altered its practices regarding the river’s water storage, release, and flow management and unconstitutionally deprived plaintiffs of their land. The ruling indicates that the government must compensate farmers, landowners, and business owners for the flood damage in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska. The damage has been estimated to exceed $300 million.