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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 began this week 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.

As part of the trial, which is scheduled to conclude on 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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