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Roger Ideker's farm in St. Joseph, Mo. during the 2011 Missouri River flood. Ideker is the lead plaintiff in the suit against the corps.
Ideker Farms

U.S. Sens. Josh Hawley and Roy Blunt want the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stop focusing on protecting wildlife in the Missouri River and instead focus on flood control and navigation, a move that environmentalists are calling misguided.

In 2004, the Corps of Engineers changed its management strategy for the Missouri River to protect two endangered species of birds and one fish, the pallid sturgeon. However, landowners near the river have alleged that prioritizing wildlife over flood protection has caused them extensive property damage from major floods.

The Great Flood of '93 swept blankets of sand onto a Missouri River flood plain near Berger, Missouri.
Provided by Bob Holmes

Scientists who have studied the historic 1993 flood agree that a similar event could strike the St. Louis region again. But they disagree on how likely it could occur.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 23, 2009 - A week after the St. Louis area was victimized by severe flash flooding, some experts are emphasizing that a community-wide approach that includes buyouts and smarter development will be needed to fix the area's flooding problems.

The floods that struck St. Louis last Monday and Tuesday left many people, especially in oft-victimized University City, frustrated and angry with the lack of progress made in stopping the floods. But the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) says there needs to be a multi-jurisdictional conversation and effort to stop the floods from damaging homes and businesses.