If you were flooded by the Barker & Addicks reservoirs, the government may owe you money.
Over the Government’s legal arguments, Judge Lettow recently set trial in the Upstream reservoir case for February 2019. Williams Kherkher, led by co-lead trial counsel Armi Easterby, is still taking individual cases. Contact us today to see if you qualify.
Both the Addicks and Barker reservoirs are operated and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and as such are projects of the United States government. Subdivisions behind the reservoirs were subjected to extended controlled inundations under the management of the Corps. Downstream properties were purposefully flooded when the Corps’ released unprecedented amounts of stormwater into Buffalo Bayou. A substantial percentage of the inundated homes and businesses had no prior history of flooding, were not in the 100 year or 500 year floodplains, and weren’t covered by flood insurance.
If you own residential or business property that was inundated by Addicks or Barker stormwater, you may be entitled to compensation under the 5th Amendment's Taking Clause. Normally, when the government makes a determination that it needs to use private property for a public purpose, it condemns the land and pay the owner just compensation. An "inverse condemnation" case works backwards: the government uses the property first, and the property owner must file a lawsuit in order to recover just compensation. In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed that temporary, government-induced flooding can give rise to an inverse condemnation for which just compensation is owed.
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