Mo. Farmers Sue Army Corps Over Levee Breach

Law360, New York (May 3, 2011, 4:57 PM EDT) -- A group of Missouri farmers launched a putative class action against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday for breaching the Bird Points levee and causing an estimated $300 million in damage.

The Corps' levee breach, intended to protect Cairo, Ill., from a rising Mississippi river, inundated 130,000 acres of land in places with a wall of water 15 feet high, the plaintiffs said in a suit filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

The plaintiffs claim that the breach is an illegal taking...
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