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Army Corps of Engineers officials are blaming “unfortunate timing” for some ruffled feathers over a letter that recently was sent to 17 northwest Missouri residents.A copy of the letter, obtained by The Star, showed the Army Corps offering to buy private land along the Missouri River for a wildlife conservation project. The letter was dated June 6, when floodwaters were beginning to rise.
“Some people took it as a slap in the face,” said Tom Waters, president of the Missouri Levee and Drainage District Association, which represents a consortium of interests along the river.
Karl Mueller, chief of civil works for the Army Corps’ Kansas City office, said the agency was not taking advantage of the flooding to buy land and that the letters were part of a longstanding project. He said several people interested in selling their property had called.