Federal Judge Orders Flood Control Stopped in Bootheel

WASHINGTON - A federal judge has ordered a halt to construction on a major flood-control project in Missouri's Bootheel.

Judge James Robertson in Washington ruled in favor of two environmental groups, Environmental Defense and the National Wildlife Federation.

They argued the Corps of Engineers manipulated information to make it seem that the project's environmental impact will be fully offset, when it will not.

Robertson says the Corps of Engineers must dismantle work already completed on the project.  The corps says about $7 million has already been spent on the roughly $107 million project.

The agency may appeal.

The project is known as the St. John's Bayou-New Madrid Floodway Project, and part of the proposal dates to 1954.

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