San Jacinto River, Lake Conroe Flood Claims (Hurricane Harvey)
If your home or business flooded after the San Jacinto River Authority (SRJA), which operates the Lake Conroe, released millions of gallons of water, you may be entitled to compensation. The affected areas include:
- Harpers Landing
- River Plantations
- Other Montgomery, Liberty or Harris County Residents
- And many other homes and business further downriver
You Do Not Need Flood Insurance to Recover
Flood victims may be able to recover from the government by filing an inverse condemnation proceeding and therefore do not need flood insurance through FEMA or private insurance.
Inverse condemnation does not mean that the San Jacinto River Authority acted improperly (which they may have - see below) but rather that they flooded homes for a valid public reason. When the government does damage or takes land it is legally required to pay just compensation to the property owner.
If you have private or FEMA insurance this inverse condemnation proceeding can be an extra source of recovery and will not reduce what you receive through private insurance. If you do not have flood insurance, this could be your only option.
The San Jacinto River Authority May Have Acted Improperly
Initial evidence indicates that the San Jacinto River Authority:
- Failed to notify the subdivision and neighborhoods downstream from Lake Conroe Dam that they were going to increase the outflows dramatically.
- Failed to bring down Lake Conroe before the storm or in small amounts while the storm was in progress. Instead, the SRJA waited until the spillway was at a record level and then released a record amount of water of over half a million gallons per second.
- Failed to implement an early warning system that was recommended 25 years ago
- Failed to dredge the lake
- Put their own interests and the interest of property-owners upstream above those of everyone else in the Greater Houston area
The devastating consequence of the San Jacinto River Authority is that thousands of residents have been flooded out of their home and their lives have been upended.
File Your Claim Today
If you have lost your home or business to to flooding caused by the San Jacinto River Authority, you can file your claim today. Please understand however that these inverse condemnation cases will take time to go through the court system and therefore you cannot count on any compensation from these claims in the short term.
Please complete the form if you have experienced damages from flooding after the San Jacinto River Authority (SRJA), which operates the Lake Conroe released millions of gallons of water, or call 713-529-5000 to secure financial compensation.