Landowners can sue for 2011 flood losses

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Posted: Monday, March 4, 2013 4:45 pm

A local law firm found a new loophole and is preparing a lawsuit to seek damages arising from the 2011 Missouri River flood.

“For 85 years, the lower federal courts thought floodwaters come and go and that therefore there was no permanent damage,” said Ed Murphy, a partner in Murphy, Taylor, Siemens and Elliott. “This flood exception meant property owners were simply out of luck.”

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  • falcon46 posted at 8:30 pm on Mon, Mar 4, 2013.

    falcon46 Posts: 311

    I don't believe this should be described as a "new loophole." It appears any action will be based on a unanimous Sujpreme Court decision, a judicial decision and not some "loophole."

  • snopey posted at 5:52 am on Tue, Mar 5, 2013.

    snopey Posts: 236

    Homeowners and businesses and municipalities crowd the shores of rivers, lakes and oceans, then whine and sue when they get wet. They send their sewage into the waters; they dump there; they push and shove for their exclusive right to live on the edge of water. They find some Benefit in that and don't pay for the clean up of their habits and practices; they let it flow downstream.

    The Corps, with our tax money, pays for their bennies, but when too much water comes or not enough, they sue.

    We landlubbers should be suing the pants off the inconsiderate and polluting entities that push and shove in their arrogant way to the water's edge.

    Never happen, but the Corps should say alright, we're outta here, you do your own work building all the levees you want wherever you want, but if you pollute and don't clean up your own messes and dump into the water like we do with city sewage, you'll be paying out the nose.

    Gimme gimme gimme like a bunch of baby Reederites whining. Climate change and unpredictable rains and unprecedented drought and unsustainable life-styles trashing our water, and the mushhead shore owners want money from me to keep up their backward arrogant affluent unnatural life-styles.

  • elwood7 posted at 9:58 pm on Tue, Mar 5, 2013.

    elwood7 Posts: 13

    So what U are saying is that if a tornado hits UR house & U pay insurance & they don't pay up it is OK for them not 2 pay for damages that U paid insurance for is OK & we won't hear a peep from U. U will pay 2 replace everything UR self? when the Corp caused the damage to thousands of aches of farm land & the price of corn soybean & wheat goes through the roof U will also be OK with paying the high prices for any one of these products Correct? Dude the hate U are speaking is exactly that all of those people paid insurance & have the right 2 live & farm where ever they want. what gives U the right 2 question where they live or farm. obviously U need a hobby or anything 2 pass UR miserable existance before GOD JUDGES U since U choose 2 JUDGE everyone.


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