Appeals Court Won't Let Texas County Duck Flooding Claims

Law360, New York (March 7, 2013, 9:30 PM EST) -- A Texas appeals court said Thursday that Harris County and its flood-control district weren't immune from litigation by more than 200 current and former property owners alleging poor watershed planning caused their properties to repeatedly flood, ruling the suit alleges sufficient facts.

According to the suit, the plaintiffs' properties have been flooded one or more times over a five-year period as a result of 1998's Tropical Storm Frances, 2001's Tropical Storm Allison and a third 2002 storm. The flooding was caused by unmitigated upstream development and...
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