Missouri county denied compensation for flood damage

Saturday, July 28, 2012 | 5:39 p.m. CDT

CHARLESTON — A southeast Missouri county has been told it won't be getting any money for damage caused by the activation of the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway last year.

The Southeast Missourian reported that Mississippi County's clerk gave county commissioners a letter with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decision on Thursday.

A corps spokesman said the letter "constitutes the final administrative action" on the county's $75 million claim for flood damage

The county had argued that the corps' activation of the floodway was negligent. Commissioners said they weren't surprised by the decision, but still hope to receive money from the corps to pay for damage to county roads by trucks hauling materials for the levee's restoration.

The levee was intentionally breached to prevent flooding in an Illinois community upriver.

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