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Law firm considers suing over Missouri River flooding


It was a packed house in Dakota City, Nebraska Tuesday night.

People came out to learn more about a potential lawsuit following historic flooding along the Missouri River in 2011.

The flooding is behind us, but lawyers and farmers warn there's a chance for more flooding.

Lawyers from the Polsinelli Law Firm gave a presentation about the Army Corps of Engineers, and its policies to take back the Mighty Mo.

The firm claims the Corps has taken land by flooding in violation of the 5th amendment.

And, they said this flooding isn't over.

Lawyers would not go on camera, but some who attended the meeting say they're highly considering joining the suit.

"The last flood is as they say, water under the bridge, but that's what I'm more worried about is the potential to be flooded again," Mark Poulosky, of Ponca, NE said.

Scott Olson helped organize the meeting with the law firm and gave his own presentation.

He said the Army Corps, under direction of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is trying to restore the river to the way it was before it was channelized.

He said this worries him because he suffered from the 2011 floods and doesn't want to see any more harm done.

"My main concern of what is happening on the Missouri River is if the Corps pushed the river back like it was in the early '40s, it will take thousands of acres out of production, it'll take hundreds up and down the river, it'll just ruin anything that's down there," Scott Olson of Tekamah, NE said.

As of now, the law firm working on the suit against the Army Corps is just providing these people with information.

They haven't filed anything yet.

The firm says they plan to make it a Midwest lawsuit and include people from Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas, and Missouri.

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