Breaking News: Court Rules Homeowners Behind Addicks and Barker Dams Are Entitled to Fifth Amendment Compensation -- Government Liable for Project-Induced Flood Damage

Read the Press Release here and the Judge's Order here.

Areas Affected

Both the Addicks and Barker reservoirs are operated and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. During Hurricane Harvey in 2017, the subdivisions and neighborhoods behind the reservoirs were subjected to extended controlled flooding under the management of the Corps. A substantial percentage of the inundated homes and businesses had no prior history of flooding. Many of the neighborhoods upstream of the reservoir, such as Bear Creek, Cinco Ranch, Kelliwood, and Windsor Park, were not in the 100 year or 500 year floodplains and were not covered by flood insurance. This has left hundreds of people with no way to rebuild their homes which were purposely flooded by the government. This is an “inverse condemnation” case which means that if the government uses the property first the property owner must file a lawsuit in order to recover just compensation. We believe the victims of controlled flooding should be entitled to justice compensated for the loss of their homes and possessions.

If you or someone you know lives in any of the following neighborhoods, or you think you might have been flooded upstream of the Addicks or Barker Reservoirs contact us to learn more.

  • Bear Creek Central
  • Bear Creek Village
  • Charlestown Colony
  • Concord Bridge
  • Georgetown Colony
  • Lakes on Eldridge
  • Savannah Estates
  • Twin Lakes
  • Canyon Gate
  • Cinco Ranch
  • Cinco Ranch Equestrian Village
  • Green Trails Village
  • Greens at Willow Fork
  • Kelliwood Greens
  • Kelliwood Lakes
  • Kelliwood Park
  • Kingsland Estates
  • Lakes of Buckingham
  • Windsor Park Lakes
  • Windsor Parks Estate

This is a contingency fee-based lawsuit which means that our fees are taken only out of the money recovered and that if there is no recovery you owe us nothing. Other firms are charging as much as 40%. We feel this is unfair to the victims of such a horrendous disaster. As such our standard fee is 25%. Williams Hart partner Armi Easterby has been licensed to work in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims since January 2000. Many attorneys are taking on these cases having no previous experience in this specific court of law. The flooding upstream of the Addicks and Barker reservoirs impacted hundreds of lives we firmly believe that these cases will require a legal team with who specialize in this case type.

Contact us to learn more and see if your property qualifies. One of our team members will gladly answer any questions you might have. There’s no obligation or upfront costs. Call us at or (713) 352-0401 email us HERE.

Upstream Flooding

Many people in Fort Bend and Harris County who live east of the Addicks and Barker Dams were inundated by rainfall impounded by the Corps in late August 2017. The Corps’ own documents reflect that it stored the impounded stormwater on over 7,000 acres of private property. In addition to the massive physical damage to structures and their contents, lives, marriage, and families were displaced for several months. Many are still displaced. The Corps never paid for the right to use this private land for storing the impounded runoff.

We understand that some people may be unsure of the exact location of these upstream properties and whether or not their home or business is located in one of these areas. You may be considered an “affected upstream property” if you are located in:

Addicks Reservoir Upstream Zones: 77084, 77041, 77449. If you live in Bear Creek Central, Bear Creek Village, Savannah Estates, Georgetown Colony, Charlestown Colony, Concord Bridge, Twin Lakes, or Lakes on Eldridge and your structure was inundated in late August of 2017 you may have a claim for Just Compensation under the Fifth Amendment. 

Barker Reservoir Upstream Zones: 77450, 77094. If you live in Canyon Gate, Cinco Ranch, Kelliwood Greens, Kelliwood Park, Greens at Willow Fork, Cinco Ranch Equestrian Village, Kelliwood Lakes, Lakes of Buckingham, Green Trails Village, Windsor Parks Estate, Windsor Park Lakes, or Kingsland Estates and your structure was inundated in late August of 2017 you may have a claim for Just Compensation under the Fifth Amendment. 

If your property was located in one of these upstream zones and you experienced flooding, you may be able to take legal action to hold the city and the Corps of Engineers accountable for the damage to your home or business. The team here at Williams Hart are dedicated to fighting on your behalf, and we understand what you are going through in the aftermath of this devastating storm. If you’re not sure about whether you may have a claim, please Williams Hart today at (713) 352-0401 to see if you meet our new client criteria.

Downstream Flooding

When the Corps made the decision to open the floodgates at Addicks and Barker in the early morning hours of August 28, 2017, it knew that this act would cause massive flooding downstream of the Dams. Indeed, the Corps’ own maps reflect its awareness that its decision to make “surcharge releases” would destroy thousands of homes located in and around Buffalo Bayou. Tragically, these Downstream residents had been told the Dams were there to protect against — not cause — catastrophic flooding.

If your property is located east of Highway 6 and hadn’t flooded prior to Midnight on August 28th you may have a claim for Just Compensation under the Fifth Amendment.

We have the resources you need on your side, and we are uniquely qualified to handle this matter on your behalf. Also, as fellow members of your community here in Houston, we are passionate about this issue and are determined to fight on behalf of our friends and neighbors here in our hometown. Contact us at (713) 352-0401, chat with us live, or fill out the contact form on this page to get started on your claim right away.

To learn more about what our reservoir flooding claims lawyers can do to help, contact Williams Hart today at (713) 352-0401.

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