Law­suit: Re­fin­ery, chem­i­cal plant wors­ened storm’s flood­ing

The Dallas Morning News - - State -

SWEENY — Home­own­ers south­west of Hous­ton claim in a law­suit that tem­po­rary dams erected by Phillips 66 and Phillips Chevron to pro­tect two fa­cil­i­ties from Har­vey flood­wa­ters caused their own land to flood.

The law­suit filed last week in Bra­zo­ria County al­leges that in­flat­able bar­ri­cades were placed along two bay­ous near Sweeny in Au­gust to pro­tect a re­fin­ery and a chem­i­cal plant from flood­ing.

More than 270 plain­tiffs say the bar­ri­cades caused flood­wa­ters to be redi­rected and over­run their own land.

They say they were trapped in their homes with­out ac­cess to food or drink­ing wa­ter.

Phillips 66 says in a state­ment that its re­fin­ery saw flood dam­age and that its ac­tions pre­vented ma­te­rial from be­ing washed into the com­mu­nity.

The com­pany says the area was al­ready flooded and that its ac­tions did not worsen it.

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