Did your home or business get flooded from the Addicks and Barker reservoir releases?
Woodfill Law Firm, P.C., is representing residents and business owners in Houston flooded by the controlled release of the Addicks and Barker reservoirs.
After Harvey inundated Houston and the surrounding area with rain, many Houston properties were not flooded. However, that changed as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did controlled releases of water from the two dams, the Addicks and Barker dams. The reason given for the release was to prevent failure of the dams and create more room for additional water.
The Army Corp Engineers usually allow water from the reservoirs to be released at 2,000 cubic feet per second, but due to the large amount of water from hurricane Harvey, the Army Corp of Engineers raised the rate to 13,000 cubic feet per second. The justification was draining the dams more quickly would reduced their risk of breaching.
Woodfill Law Firm, PC is pursuing claims against the Harris County Flood Control District and the City of Houston, contending that inverse condemnation occurred when the government Engineers made an intentional decision to take private property for public use without first filing a lawsuit. By intentionally choosing to flood an area by releasing excess dam water, the government chose to “take” private property for the benefit of the public.
Assuming the release was done for a public purpose, homeowners and businesses must still be compensated for their losses.
Woodfill Law Firm, PC contends that homeowners and businesses need to be compensated for the intentional flooding. Woodfill Law Firm, PC is seeking damages for, among other things, the costs of repairing or rebuilding the homes, loss of personal property inside the homes, loss of income, and reduced property values.
Additionally, Woodfill Law Firm, PC, is evaluating damages resulting to homes and commercial properties as a result of wind driven rain, wind damage, and flooding damage potentially covered by an insurance policy. Woodfill Law Firm, PC will provide a free evaluation of your rights under the law. Additionally, Woodfill Law Firm, PC will review any and all insurance policies you have and provide advice on how best to recover for the damage you and your family have suffered from.