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Addicks and Barker Reservoirs Hurricane Harvey flooded the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs in Houston. The government owns the red potion and the blue portion is private property. Photo courtesy of Daniel Charest.

A big trial is set to begin May 6 in a case alleging the federal government designed two Houston-area reservoirs to flood a large area, where it knew that many homes and businesses would be underwater in a major storm event — such as Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

On the third day of the 10-day trial, which ends May 17, the lawyers for the plaintiffs and the United States will hop on a bus with the judge, court reporter and others, to make a site visit to the areas where the 13 test plaintiffs alleged their properties and possessions were damaged when the government held Harvey stormwaters in the reservoirs, flooding at least 7,054 acres of private property without properly compensating the plaintiffs.

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Angela Morris

Angela Morris is ALM Media's Texas litigation reporter. She covers lawsuits in all levels of Texas state and federal courts. Based in Austin, Morris earned journalism and government degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006, and since then, has worked primarily as a reporter and writer, but also has skills in videography, photography and podcasts. Follow her on Twitter at @AMorrisReports.

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