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Homeowners' Expert Blames Dams For Harvey Flooding

Law360, Houston (May 14, 2019, 10:37 PM EDT) -- Homeowners who live upstream of the Addicks and Barker reservoirs in Houston were flooded because of a “flood pool” that collected behind those dams, not because bayous overflowed their banks during Hurricane Harvey, an expert for the property owners testified Tuesday in a takings trial against the federal government.

Using rainfall data that includes high-water marks from previous major storms, detailed maps of the area and time-stamped photos taken by homeowners showing water levels around their properties during Harvey, the cause of the flooding inside their properties becomes clear, said Phil Bedient, a Rice University professor who testified as an expert in...

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