March 7, 2014

From Missouri Lawyers Weekly

Flooding Suit Seeks to Redirect Flow of River Policy

by Scott Lauck

A federal lawsuit filed this week is attempting, in effect, to thrust a wing dike into the federal government's management policy for the Missouri River.

The suit, filed Wednesday in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, is on behalf of 185 farmers, agribusiness and property owners in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota harmed by a series of floods in the past few years - particularly one in 2011 that left areas underwater for more than 100 days.

"We can't seek an order directing the federal government to change. That falls to the legislative branch," said Dan Boulware of Polsinelli, at a news conference in Kansas City. But he added, "we can serve as an impetus for that change." 

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