Siouxland reacts to new lawsuit against U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
PONCA, NE (KTIV) -
It isn't the first go-around for Mark Poulosky. The Ponca, Nebraska farmer was part of a previous lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that didn't go anywhere, but he said he's hopeful about this one.
"It seems like they're going about it the right way. They're a more nationally known law firm, and they're attacking it in a whole new method, by the fifth amendment," Poulosky said.
During the flooding of 2011, water would have been as high as a 5-foot 7-inch person's hip on this gravel road. Poulosky said it cost thousands of dollars to rebuild the road alone and that's not all he had to pay for.
"We had 250 acres of crop land that was up to 10 foot under water. It totaled out two center pivots. We had to pull our irrigation wells," Poulosky said.
He said he lost two crop seasons out in his fields, but for him, it's not about the financial gain.
"I would just like to see that it isn't going to happen again," Poulosky said.
And, county leaders across the river in Union County, South Dakota said that's one of their biggest concerns as well.
Union County Commissioner Doyle Karpen said that's why they were involved in a previous lawsuit and re-joined this new one.
Karpen says 25 to 35-percent of people in the county were impacted by these floods and he can only hope for the best with this new lawsuit.
"Any time you have litigation, it's very difficult to decide whether you're going to win or lose, but we can be hopeful we can recover some of the taxpayers money," Karpen said.
South Sioux City city leaders are still looking in to the suit and haven't decided if they'll join yet.
"We expect the city attorney to report back to the committee next week and it will be to the council in as whether we will or will not pursue that option," City Administrator Lance Hedquist said.
Hedquist said the city would be held liable if the law firm lost the suit, but they'll have a decision within the next couple of weeks.
Leaders in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota said at this point, they won't be joining the lawsuit.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said they can't comment on any pending litigation.
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