U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sued over Missouri River flooding

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sued over Missouri River flooding
In this photo from Sept. 19, 2011, Rob Chatt surveys damage from the Missouri River flooding to his family farm in Tekamah, Neb. A group of farmers and business owners sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, seeking compensation for claims the agency mismanaged the Missouri River since 2006 and contributed to major flooding in five states. The federal lawsuit claims some plaintiffs experienced extensive damage, particularly during the extended 2011 flooding that devastated hundreds of thousands of acres of mostly farmland in South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is being sued over the Missouri River flooding because farmers and businesses claim it has made bad decisions. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is part of the Department of Defense and has military members, is known for its many public works projects and construction work. However, the lawsuit claims the decisions cost businesses thousands and created damage.

There are five states involved in the lawsuit at this time, according to the Associated Press. Farmers and businesses from Missouri, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas claim the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers needs to take responsibility for the floods. The claimants point out the engineers focused too much on restoring habitats instead of preventing floods.

The lawsuit mentions that if the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had followed its usual policies for flood control damage would not have occurred. Since it deviated from its plans, businesses and farmers suffered damage to their land that in some cases has been permanent. Some experts claim the engineers are not at fault for the Missouri River flooding, but others think they are responsible.

Farmers point to the wildlife habitats that were created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as one of the problems. After they began working on these habitats, they began to release reservoir water that led to flooding. Farmers watched their land destroyed by the water and felt powerless to stop it. Some businesses explain they are still being affected by the aftermath of the floods and may never recover.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has not publicly responded to the lawsuit, but farmers are not looking for an apology. They want compensation to help them deal with the damage created by the flooding and do not care how the engineers come up with it. Over 200 people have joined the lawsuit and are demanding that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers take responsibility.

Farmers have mentioned that the Missouri River flooding is an ongoing issue, so they are worried about what will happen in the future. Some fear they will not be able to pass down their land from generation to generation because it will be worthless. Others are unable to farm it at all and do not know if this will change. They believe the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers knew the changes would lead to flooding and did not care about the damage.







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