Flooding Due to the Water Release from Lake Conroe Dam
Fleming, Nolen & Jez is evaluating cases alleging that the San Jacinto River Authority’s (SJRA) decisions during Hurricane Harvey resulted in the flooding of thousands of homes and business in Kingwood/Humble areas. This flooding is being attributed to the decisions made by the San Jacinto River Authority (“SJRA”) to intentionally release water from the Lake Conroe dam.
The SJRA is one of ten river authorities in Texas. The agency was created by the Texas Legislature in 1937 (Article 8280-121) and is a stated Texas governmental agency. Per their website, their jurisdiction “includes the entire San Jacinto River watershed, excluding Harris County”). SJRA is authorized to operate in East Harris County through an agreement with the City of Houston, allowing it to operate east of the San Jacinto River.
The San Jacinto River flows primarily in Eastern Harris County. Its headwaters are near Huntsville. The river is divided into an East and West fork that both flow into Lake Houston adjacent to Kingwood and Atascocita. In this case, the flooding came from the West Fork of the San Jacinto River. The SJRA decided to intentionally release water from the Lake Conroe dam beginning on Saturday August 26, 2017. The heavy flooding that ensued in the Kingwood/Humble areas in the following days is now being attributed to SJRA’s intentional water release.
Article I, section 17 of the Texas Constitution provides in part that no person’s property is to be taken for or applied to public use without adequate compensation being made, unless by the consent of such person. TEX. CONST. art. I, § 17. When a government takes property without compensating the landowner, the owner may recover damages against the government for a claim known as inverse condemnation. The SJRA intentionally released water from the Lake Conroe dam to prevent flooding in certain areas, however, these decisions led to many people having their homes and property flooded in the Kingwood/Humble areas as a result.
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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.
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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.
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