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Birds Point farmers file lawsuit against Corps of Engineers

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"We grew up in the spillway," said farmer Roy Presson, "so I can't remember not farming. It's all I've ever done." "We grew up in the spillway," said farmer Roy Presson, "so I can't remember not farming. It's all I've ever done."
Farmer Lester Goodwin said he doesn't want to sue the government, he doesn't think anyone wants to sue the government but they have to begin the process of reclamation. Farmer Lester Goodwin said he doesn't want to sue the government, he doesn't think anyone wants to sue the government but they have to begin the process of reclamation.
"We realize they felt they had to do this," Presson said, "but we'd like to be compensated for our losses too." "We realize they felt they had to do this," Presson said, "but we'd like to be compensated for our losses too."
MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

Farmers in the Birds Point spillway filed a class action lawsuit on Tuesday against the U.S. Corps of Engineers.

At around 10:05 p.m. on Monday the Birds Point Levee was breached by the U.S. Corps of Engineers, flooding the spillway.

According to the lawsuit, the farmers are seeking damages for the taking of their property by the federal government.

The lawsuit was filed with the law offices of Cook, Barkett, Ponder and Wolz, L.C.

According to the law offices, the case was filed to establish what the actual damages from this taking are and to give fair compensation to the farmers.

Attorney Michael Ponder responded to the fact that his clients knew the land was designated floodway for one hundred years.

"Everyone along the Mississippi lives behind floodwall or levee," said Ponder. "The difference in this case is Federal Government sacrificed these farmers for others up and down the river."

Farmer Lester Goodwin said he doesn't want to sue the government, he doesn't think anyone wants to sue the government but they have to begin the process of reclamation.

"We grew up in the spillway," said farmer Roy Presson, "so I can't remember not farming. It's all I've ever done."

Ray Presson, another farmer in the spillway said he would just like to get things back to the way they were.

"We realize they felt they had to do this," Presson said, "but we'd like to be compensated for our losses too."

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