It's amazing to me that someone in the building, grading and construction business, doesn't know any better than this. It's Houston. It's flat and prone to flooding. They know that.
I just wonder how this will go legally. It's probably going to depend on what exactly they are required to do by law at a dirt site at this stage. And whether or not they did it. Despite how obvious this appears, it's possible the law will see it differently.
The article Tink posted seems to leave out some important information.
I almost rented a house in that area a year ago. The landlord also said it never flooded. My dad warned me to check the flood maps. That entire area that flooded is in a flood plain. My dad said that even though it might not have flooded during Harvey, it was a matter of when, not if because thats what eventually happens in flood plains.
I do feel sorry for the predicament poor Mr Vera is in as a result of flooding. But the entire Village Springs Dr in Elm Grove is in a flood plain. That whole area is in a pit of sunken land that will obviously attract water under the right conditions.
The article says that area received 10 inches of rain over 5 hours. Literally no one should be surprised that this area in a 100 year flood plain finally flooded.
I guess some court will have to determine whether that area would have flooded anyway with that much rain over that period of time, regardless of the developer altering the landscape and drainage. But if you live in a flood plain, you should probably expect to get flooded eventually
The article generalized about people in the neighborhood not having flood insurance, so who knows how true that really is or if it was just a remark an uninsured resident made to the author to make their mistake seem more normal and widespread.
According to hcad, Mr Vera has been in that home since 1994, so its possible he had an option not to insure for flooding. But hopefully he knew he lived in a flood plain, and had insurance since he should know his property would eventually flood under the right conditions.
"COH didn't approve didly" it's in Montgomery County"
WRONG. More falseness?? Per the developers: "In the statement, Figure Four denied any responsibility for the flooding and blamed it on an act of God. Further, they invoked the shield of government approval, saying their plans were approved by the City of Houston and Montgomery County."