Flooding from Addicks and Barker Reservoirs
Fleming, Nolen & Jez recently filed a class action complaint alleging the Army Corp of Engineers’ opening of the Addicks and Barker reservoirs on August 28, 2017 caused the Buffalo Bayou to flood, resulting in damage to thousands of downstream businesses and residential properties. The resulting flood amounts to an unconstitutional taking of private land by the United States Government, and the affected property owners may be entitled to just compensation.
Under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution, the Government must pay compensation to private property owners whenever the Government takes private property for public use. The resulting claims are often referred to as “inverse condemnation” claims. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers intentionally opened the Addicks and Barker reservoirs and released an unprecedented amount of rain water into Buffalo Bayou. This intentional flooding of Buffalo Bayou was done in an effort to protect the public areas surrounding the reservoirs, and the resulting damage to properties along and around Buffalo Bayou was catastrophic, potentially damaging thousands of homes in as many as 94 different neighborhoods.
Send us the details of your situation through our online form on the left for a free evaluation of your case.
Fleming Nolen & Jez Can Help
Property owners in the affected areas may be entitled to compensation through inverse compensation claims. These claims are not related to flood insurance, and property owners do not have to have flood insurance to file an inverse compensation claim. In fact, for many affected property owners, an inverse compensation claim may be their only available course of legal action.
The attorneys at Fleming, Nolen & Jez are all licensed in the state of Texas and long-time residents of Houston. We are eager to help our affected neighbors begin to put the pieces back together after the unimaginable damage caused by the intentional flooding of Buffalo Bayou.
Start Your Flood Claim Today
If your property was affected by the flooding caused by the release of the Addicks and Barker reservoirs, and/or flooding caused by the water release from the Lake Conroe dam please complete the form on the left of the page. If you qualify, we will send you a document to complete online, which will enable us to immediately begin investigating your potential claim. We have dedicated our careers to fighting for the rights of our clients, and we will put our decades of experience to use in order to protect your rights and help you to secure just compensation for your losses.
After you have completed the form on the left, call us at (713) 621-7944 if you have any questions.