Texas plaintiffs firms have begun filing lawsuits on behalf ofclients who live in Houston neighborhoods that flooded when theArmy Corps ofEngineers authorized controlled water releases from tworeservoirs in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

The suits allege that the intentional flooding was an unlawfulgovernment taking of property.

4,000 homes flooded

An estimated 4,000 Houston homes flooded after the controlledrelease of water from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs in theearly morning hours of Aug. 28, after the Houston area had alreadybeen pelted by Harvey rain for two days. In suits filed over thelast few days, including a number of class actions, the plaintiffsseek compensation for the unlawful taking of their property inviolation of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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Brenda Sapino Jeffreys

Senior reporter Brenda Sapino Jeffreys covers the business of law in Texas. Contact her at [email protected] On Twitter: @BrendaSJeffreys