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Supreme Court: Feds Must Pay For Property They Inadvertently Flooded

It does amount to a temporary taking of the property, the high court rules


What the government taketh, the government must pay for.

That was the 8-0 ruling of the Supreme Court on Tuesday in a case that involved water, water everywhere for Arkansas wildlife officials for several months a year from 1993 to 2000—water released at a federal dam that flooded state forest land and made it temporarily unusable.