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Bismarck Residents Discuss Million Dollar Lawsuit Involving Flooding Along the Missouri River

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Bismarck homeowner Judy Masset has lived along the Missouri River for seven years now.

And the flood of 2011 is something she will never forget.

"We were flooded and we had sandbags placed three-quarters of the way around our home out of our home for approximately two weeks," says Masset.

Masset says the flood caused structural damage to the home including cracked walls and shifting windows.

She says she wasn't alone.

"I had many neighbors that moved out that were flooded I know people that were out of their homes for three months at a crack. This just isn't right," says Masset.

And now Judy plans to fight back against the flooding by joining a mass lawsuit against the United States government.

Kansas City based law firm Polsinelli filed the case in March on behalf of more than 250 clients in six states.

Plaintiffs say the government took their property for a public purpose during floods between 2007 and 2013-- specifically for the benefit of fish and wildlife habitat restoration and that landowners were not compensated.

Attorney Edwin Smith is representing the homeowners.

He says the Corps of Engineers' management of the Missouri River has changed over the years putting wildlife habitat above maximizing flood control.

Masset says she doesn't want to join the lawsuit for the money. She says she's more interested in making sure the Missouri doesn't flood again.

"We need flood control. That should be the number one purpose of the Missouri River and the Corp to protect us from future floods," says Masset.

Law firm representatives say they will have another meeting at 7pm on Tuesday night a the Bismarck Radisson with interested residents.

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