Big Lake Seeks Injunction Against Railroad, State

5 years 7 months 4 days ago June 17, 2011 Jun 17, 2011 Friday, June 17 2011 Friday, June 17, 2011 6:33:49 AM CDT in News
By: Associated Press

OREGON (AP) - The Village of Big Lake is seeking an injunction against BNSF Railway and the Missouri transportation commission over the raising of railroad lines in the northwest Missouri village.

Big Lake attorney Creath Thorne says the residents believe the raised railroad bed blocks water from leaving the village, which is prone to flooding.

Thorne says the railroad did not follow a city ordinance that requires anyone who builds in Big Lake to conduct a study on the effects of the construction on flood control.

BNSF spokesman Andy Williams told The St. Joseph News-Press the railroad has several rail lines under water. He says the railroad is elevating 3.4 miles of track near Big Lake to keep the main line between Kansas City and Lincoln, Neb. above floodwaters.

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