It tore up roads, tested levees, and took a big toll on Heartland farms. A Missouri law firm has dropped a class-action lawsuit against the U-S Army Corps of Engineers for the 2011 flood.
The suit against the federal government claimed the flood was the result of mismanagement by the Corps; that they knew releasing water from upstream reservoirs would cause downstream flooding.
Estimates put the flood's cost at more than two-billion dollars. Home and business owners in five states joined the lawsuit, hoping to get back money they spent to repair and replace their property.
This week, those home and business owners received a letter, stating they no longer believe the flood was foreseeable.
"It is not enough to show that, in hindsight, the Corps should have known to release more water prior to March 1, 2011. A federal statute prohibits an action for flood damages where the Corps was negligent in its management of the reservoir system. We must essentially prove that the Corps deliberately managed the reservoirs in a manner that sacrificed one man's property to protect some other public interest."
The firm believes it is difficult to pinpoint an exact date when this type of forseeability was present prior to the onset of record rainfall.
The firm - Murphy, Taylor, Siemens, and Elliott- says the plaintiffs have two years to file a new lawsuit.