Law­suit is all wet

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - OUTLOOK -

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

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