Do you have a potential claim against the government due to the Houston Addicks and Barker Dam Releases during Hurricane Harvey?
If your home or business first sustained flooding after the Addicks or Barker dam releases at 2 a.m. on August 28th, you may have a claim for damages under the law known as Inverse Condemnation.
If you are unsure, you can check the location of your property against the flood map here:
What if I don’t have flood insurance. A property owner need not have flood insurance in order to maintain an inverse condemnation claim. While property owners with flood insurance will certainly want to pursue any coverage they may be entitled to under their policy, an inverse condemnation action may be the only legal recourse property owners without flood coverage have.
If the Addicks and Barker dam releases damaged your property, you may be entitled to compensation for the costs to rebuild or repair your home or business. In addition, property owners impacted by toxic contamination or chemical explosions due to a hurricane-related dam release may also be entitled to compensation.
Do you know you’re protected by the Constitution?
In accordance with the 5th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, when private property is damaged or taken for public use by the government, the property owner should be compensated for the loss. This is known as inverse condemnation.
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