NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Federal attorneys plan to appeal a judge's ruling that the U.S. government is responsible for some of the flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina and other storms -- flooding blamed on a now-closed navigation channel.
They filed a notice of appeal Friday evening.
Last May, Judge Susan Braden of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington ruled the flooding constituted a "taking" of property for which people must be compensated. Plaintiffs in the case include the government of coastal St. Bernard Parish, adjacent to New Orleans.
Braden ruled in a 2005 lawsuit that focused on the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet -- a navigation channel built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and blamed by many for flooding in St. Bernard and New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward.