Judge dismisses claims from 2011 Missouri River flood

Judge dismisses claims from 2011 Missouri River flood

A federal judge in Kansas City is dismissing claims from dozens of landowners, ruling the 2011 Missouri River flooding happened because of the amount of rain received, not because of any practices by the Army Corps of Engineers.

The ruling does allow claims against the Corps by landowners south of Sioux City to continue, but is rejecting those by landowners north of Sioux City.

The judge did say focusing on wildlife habitat instead of flood control led to five damaging floods south of Sioux City since the year 2007.

Compensation for landowners to the south could top $300 million.

Attorneys plan to file a motion for the judge to reconsider the ruling on the 2011 flood.

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