Cairo Illinois Flood

May 4, 2011 by USA Post 

Cairo Illinois Flood, As the waters of the Mississippi continued to rise higher on Tuesday, May 2, the Army Corps of Engineers finally opened a second hole in the dike holding back the Mississippi from flooding to the most populated community of Cairo, Illinois.

The flood took over the holes in the levees birds point, but on a path of Engineers had calculated carefully targeted in more than 130,000 hectares of farmland in Missouri, rather than more populated Cairo.

Farmers who own all the farmland that would be flooded, and the State of Missouri, fought the plan through the court system all the way to the Supreme Court, but the court disagreed with the farmers.

So, on Tuesday, the Army Corps of Engineers, the dam finally broke and sent the overflowing Mississippi waters pouring over farmland – resulting in what most observers estimate is about $ 100 million and losses Total crop farmers.

Engineers hit the first hole on Monday at Sikeston, Mo. before engineers could even move to the opening of the second hole on Tuesday, farmers had already hired a team of lawyers from Missouri to Washington, to sue the Corps of Engineers imminent damage.

Many farmers who are covered by crop insurance may be reimbursed for loss of crops, but have no insurance or are underinsured may not be so lucky.

To make matters worse, beyond the loss of harvest flood water have also eroded the land, destroyed the drainage ditches and deposited sediment and debris in the fields. Many farmers suspect that when all is said and done, the earth will be almost impossible to grow without large resources.

The effects can also be felt in the rest of the country, and the waters have destroyed 130,000 hectares of wheat, corn and soybean potential to end on the shelves of American stores.

In addition to the tornado damage that occurred in most agricultural land in Central America and in this spring season, food supply is not very promising for the summer and winter of 2011.

Lawyers representing the farmers filed a lawsuit against the Corps of Engineers U.S. Army Tuesday, May 3.

The complaint states that the Army Corps of Engineers violated the Fifth Amendment rights of farmers when they intentionally caused the flooding of their farmland.

In the press release, the lawyer J. Michael Ponder made the following statement:

“In the process of breaking the dam, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also destroyed, or is in the process of destruction, 90 families and over 100,000 hectares of rich agricultural lands of the country. This occurred despite that the Corps lacked the easements on the property concerned in the channel. What these owners and farmers are looking for is a fair compensation for land and livelihood have been lost – or perhaps forever for decades. ”

The 5 Th Amendment prevents the government from taking private property without due process. Lawyers for the farmers claim that since the Corps did not have the right property easements, which violated the constitutional rights of farmers.

The Corps estimates that the damage caused by floods in and around 300 million dollars. That does not include the long term – and possibly permanent – the effects of water will have on farmland.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in the Court of Federal Claims U.S. Washington, DC, includes 14 parks, and lawyers have applied for certification as a class action to cover all those who suffered a loss in the area of?? Destruction of the dam.

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