Lawsuit is all wet
Regarding “Homeowners seek $500m in damages” (Page A6, Friday) the lawsuit filed against the Harris County Flood Control District on behalf of 350 homeowners attempts to create a legal distinction where there is none. In essence, the homeowners contend their dwellings were damaged by reservoir water not by Hurricane Harvey water when in fact the two are one and the same.
The Barker and Addicks reservoirs were both bone dry in the days before Harvey’s rains began to fall; they filled to overflowing because of that rainfall. In all probability if the reservoirs didn’t exist those homes would have flooded, only sooner.
The real issue here is that the homeowners are attempting to avoid personal responsibility for their penurious dismissal of the option they had to purchase flood insurance or more succinctly, not buy a house next door to a dam.
Larry E. Vecera, Houston