Judge rules Army Corps caused economic loss with Missouri River management

A Federal Claims Court judge has ruled in favor of plaintiffs who sued the federal government, claiming that the Army Corps of Engineers caused flood losses for property owners along the Missouri River.

A second stage of the case will determine whether the plaintiffs, who include 372 farmers, landowners and business owners in six states, are eligible for compensation from the government. They have estimated property losses of more than $300 million since 2007.

The court ruled that the Army Corps changed its flood management after 2004, prioritizing wildlife protection over the economic interests of property owners along the Missouri River.

R. Dan Boulware of the Kansas City-based law firm Polsinelli was the lead attorney in the case.

Read more: Kansas City Star, St. Louis Business Journal

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