8,000 Acres Of Land Is Missing and Mississippi Wants It Back

WASHINGTON, DC (Ben Caxton) — Mississippi says nearly 8,000 acres of land is missing and they want the feds to pay for it. In a lawsuit filed by Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann announced Monday he and Attorney General Jim Hood filed suit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. the state is seeking $25 million as compensation for the loss of 16th Section land in Claiborne, Adams and Wilkerson counties caused by the construction of the Old River Control Structure. The state claims that artificial flooding of the land amounts to an illegal seizure that has kept Mississippi from earning money from timber sales and other transactions on the land that directly fund public schools. The Old River Control Structure was built in 1960 to control the Mississippi River and prevent it from changing course by merging with the Atchafalaya River and going south to Morgan City, Louisiana.

 


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