Southwestern Illinois http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Judge tosses suit challenging FEMA flood mapping in S.W. Ill. http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/judge-tosses-suit-challenging-fema-flood-mapping-sw-ill <p>A federal judge has thrown out <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/trial-set-suit-over-southwestern-ill-levees">a lawsuit three southwestern Illinois counties filed</a> to block the U.S. government from declaring the region&#39;s levees functionally useless.</p><p>U.S. District Judge J. Phil Gilbert called the lawsuit moot Monday, after the Federal Emergency Management Agency said in court it had no plans to pull the accreditation of the region&#39;s levees as part of a levee-mapping effort.</p> Wed, 03 Aug 2011 15:11:28 +0000 The Associated Press 1795 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Judge tosses suit challenging FEMA flood mapping in S.W. Ill. Trial set in suit over southwestern Ill. levees http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/trial-set-suit-over-southwestern-ill-levees <p>The <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kwmu/news.newsmain/article/0/0/1701270/Science/Federal.government.further.delays.rollout.of.new.Metro.East.flood.maps">case of three southwestern Illinois counties suing</a> to block the U.S. government from declaring the region's levees functionally useless could be headed for trial in a federal court this spring.</p><p>A judge has scheduled the trial to begin April 16 in Benton on the lawsuit the counties filed in November over the mapping change that Madison, St. Clair and Monroe counties say <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kwmu/news.newsmain/article/0/0/1672016/Science/Change.in.maps.could.mean.huge.expense.for.Metro.East.towns">could saddle thousands of property owners with higher, unaffordable insurance rates</a>.</p><p> Thu, 06 Jan 2011 15:59:35 +0000 Kelsey Proud & The Associated Press 253 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Trial set in suit over southwestern Ill. levees