Addicks & Barker Reservoir Flood Attorneys

Were you flooded by the US Army Corps of Engineers' release of the Addicks & Barker reservoirs after Hurricane Harvey?

On August 28, 2017, the US Army Corps of Engineers deliberately flooded Buffalo Bayou with an unprecedented quantity of water from the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs. This “controlled release” of water caused substantial downstream flooding to property owners east of the Addicks and Barker reservoirs.

If your property did not flood during Hurricane Harvey, but flooded afterwards when The Corps of Engineers released waters from the Barker/Addicks Reservoirs, you may be entitled to compensation.

We are not critical of the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision. However, when the US Government takes private property for a public purpose, it must compensate the property owners under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

What matters from a legal standpoint is that this was a deliberate choice to flood downstream properties along Buffalo Bayou for the public good.

Houston's Addicks and Barker reservoirs and their surrounding areas.

Houston's Addicks and Barker reservoirs and their surrounding areas. Harris County Flood Control District
Photo Credit: Harris County Flood Control District

Addicks & Barker Reservoir Release Details

  • 4,000 cubic feet per second from each reservoir
  • Thousands of homes & businesses along the reservoirs were affected

In a 2012 case called Arkansas Game and Fish Commission vs. United States, the United States Supreme Court ruled that intentional, temporary flooding by the Federal Government may constitute as “taking” under the Constitution.

The Heard Law Firm represents property owners in Hurricane Harvey storm and Barker/Addicks Reservoirs damage claim litigation. Their aggressiveness and experience, coupled with a thorough analysis of your claim, puts The Heard Law Firm in the best possible position to represent their clients. This representation is done on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not owe The Heard Law Firm any attorneys’ fees unless and until they make a recovery in your case.

If you made an insurance claim and it has been denied, delayed or underpaid, contact Heard Law Firm, PLLC
Call (713) 665-1100 for more information about your legal options.