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Buffalo Bayou Flooding

Houston, Texas

Update: Potential Deadline October 31

There is a potential filing deadline of October 31st, 2017. The Chief Judge, Susan G. Braden, of the Court of Federal Claims (CFC) conducted a hearing in Houston on Friday October 6th at which time counsel for the United States (defendant) asked Judge Braden to “stay” all cases filed after “October 6th”. Click here to download the Defendant's Statement and Proposal for Preliminary Proceedings. Judge Braden denied the October 6th request, but stated once a “critical mass” of cases had been filed she may stay all unfiled cases until the preliminary issues have been resolved, including the issue of a class action. She said she would wait at least until the “end of [October]” to stay any cases. Determination of a class action could take months and if appealed over a year. This potential stay would not prevent your case from being filed after October 31st, but may slow the ultimate resolution.

If your house flooded and you have been waiting to hire an attorney, the time to act is now! Please call 832-742-6433 or send us your contact information on the right and we will evaluate and, if appropriate, file your case before the potential October 31st deadline.

We are filing our clients claims’ individually and not in a class action. Each of our clients’ claims will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Flooding, On or After August 28th

If you live along Buffalo Bayou and flooded on or after Monday 28th and did not flood earlier in the week you may have a claim against the Harris County Flood Control District,the City of Houston, and the Federal Government, for “Inverse Condemnation”. The Texas Constitution provides that “No person’s property shall be taken, damaged or destroyed or applied to public use without adequate compensation being made…” By releasing the flood waters on the 28th and increasing on the 29th many homes flooded that had not flooded earlier in the week. This flooding on the 28th or after was directly caused by the releases from Addicks and Barker dams.

A Note from One of Our Founding Partners

“I was born and raised in Houston and graduated from Memorial High School. I have spent most of my life in "77024". I now live along Buffalo Bayou between Gessner and Piney Point. Thankfully our house did not flood, but several of our friends’ did. Houston and Memorial are my home and I want to help you get the compensation you deserve, and make living along Buffalo Bayou an even better place for generations to come.” - Ian Cloud

Was your property along the Buffalo Bayou flooded on or after the 28th of August?

Fill out the form below or call us at 832.742.6433 for a free consultation about your Buffalo Bayou Flooding case.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this a claim against my insurance company?

No – this is a claim against the Harris County Flood Control District and the City of Houston.

Does the government have sovereign immunity?

Governmental immunity does NOT apply to inverse condemnation.

Do I have to pay an attorney “up front” or an “hourly fee”?

No – we work on a contingency fee and do not get paid unless we prevail through settlement or judgment.

Will I have any out of pocket expenses for the lawsuit?

No – we will pay for any expenses related to the litigation and will pay ourselves back from the proceeds of the case if successful.

Does my house have to be totally destroyed to have an inverse condemnation case?

No – the claim can simply be for the damages or repair costs. There are some situation either where the damage is so severe or prolonged that the government has “taken” the entire property.