If your home, commercial property or business flooded after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released millions of gallons from the Addicks & Barker Reservoirs at 2AM on Monday, August 28, 2017, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
Continue reading to learn what areas were impacted and how you may be able to recover damages.
AFFECTED AREAS INCLUDE (BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO):
Flood victims may have the right to recover financial compensation from the federal government by filing inverse condemnation proceedings. For that reason, homeowners or commercial entities don’t need to have acquired private flood insurance or FEMA flood insurance to recover these funds.
An inverse condemnation proceeding doesn’t allege that the federal government committed any kind of wrongdoing. Rather, an inverse condemnation proceeding claims that the federal government made the decision to flood homes or businesses in the floodplain.
However, when the federal government does in fact damage or seize land, it’s legally required to pay the property owner just compensation under the U.S. Constitution’s Fifth Amendment.
Similarly, if the government seizes land to erect a structure or build a highway, it must also pay just compensation to the property owner.
If the owner did have the foresight to purchase FEMA or private flood insurance, the inverse condemnation proceeding may offer an additional source of recovery and won’t lower the amount paid through a first party insurance claim.
If you don’t have in-force flood insurance, an inverse condemnation may be your only legal recovery option.
Damages caused by the flooding of the Addicks & Barker reservoirs’ release may include just compensation for:
In the aftermath of previous natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina, inverse condemnation claims were filed. For example, property owners were compensated for cases that involved:
In a regulatory taking case, a property owner may have the right to seek invalidation of subject regulation(s) in addition to its pursuit of claims for just compensation.
Laws and legal procedures regarding these regulatory taking claims can be complex. If you believe that your business was negatively affected by the government’s regulations or processes, you need a knowledgeable Texas property rights lawyer now.
If you were denied just compensation after the government’s taking of your property or your property was damaged by the government’s regulation(s), it’s essential to act as quickly as possible to enforce your legal rights and to meet the Texas statute of limitations that may apply. Our inverse condemnation lawyers will protect your rights—and obtain just compensation.
If your home or business was damaged or lost when the Army Corps of Engineers flooded your private property to protect the public’s assets, you can file a claim today.