Helping Houston Residents North of the Reservoirs

My dad lives by the Addicks Reservoir, North of I-10, and his house got flooded from Hurricane Harvey. I’m helping him through this enormous headache and I’m sorry, but I just need to vent.

First of all, he didn’t have flood insurance. BUT even if did, the FEMA site says coverage is maxed out at $250,000, and that would not cover all the money he’s put into his home over the years. He’s been in that house since my parents split up, and it has never flooded! All the work he had done to his house has been ruined.

Second, he thought that the gates were jammed on the dam, and that’s why the reservoirs filled up and flooded his house. Initially, he told me to calm down and that it was an “act of God.” He was just glad he made it out of there with his cat. Well, I did some investigating. It’s not as crazy as aliens or the JFK conspiracy, but this looks like a government cover-up to me. The Army knew for a long time that these dams were screwed up and guess what happened? Not one thing. They had decades to fix this problem! THEY DID NOTHING!

Third, it’s not like the flood came out of nowhere. Rains were coming into the reservoir from the watershed for quite some time before the water reached my dad’s house. The gates were kept closed until engineers thought water would breach the dam, then they opened up the gates and let all the water go.

If the Army knew that homes were going to be flooded, then they should have done something about it and tried to prevent this from happening. Instead, they made a bad situation worse and flooded neighborhoods on both sides of the dam. I’m shaking as I type this, not only because my dad is going to be on my couch for the foreseeable future asking me how the remote works, but because this isn’t fair. According to the constitution, if the government takes your property away from you, then they have to buy it. I think that’s exactly what happened when the Corps flooded my dad’s neighborhood, and they should pay.

My cousin told me about a team of attorneys based in Houston that is trying to help people that got flooded above the dam. She said Williams Kherkher is really good, and my dad and I are going to schedule an appointment this week. Their website says they take individual clients and treat each case separately. They look legit. If you’re interested, you can check it out here.

Ah, I feel better after typing out some steam. I’m really looking forward to getting this Hurricane Harvey nonsense over with. In the meantime, I’m going to be listening to some music and reliving my glory days with Dad as a roommate.

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