Landowners file lawsuit saying government created Missouri River floods, should pay damages


A group of farmers and business owners sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday, saying the agency’s decisions since 2006 have contributed to major flooding in five states.
Outside experts who reviewed the 2011 flooding said the Corps did the best it could in dealing with record amounts of water that flowed into the 2,341-mile-long river after unusually heavy spring rains in Montana and North Dakota.
One of those experts, Colorado State University Professor Neil Grigg, said Wednesday that it’s difficult to determine whether the Corps’ management decisions caused widespread flooding along the river because conditions vary.