When Hurricane Harvey came ashore on Friday, August 25, 2017, no one could have anticipated the widespread damage it would cause all along the Texas coast. Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas with estimated maximum sustained winds of 130 miles per hour, making it the first Category 4 hurricane to hit the United States in over ten years. Thousands of people were rescued from their homes and tens of thousands of people flocked to local shelters to escape rising floodwaters.
With Harvey’s widespread devastation, hundreds of thousands of Texans are facing challenging times. Homes and business have been destroyed, and we are all looking for answers.
When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decided to begin controlled releases of the Addicks and Barker reservoirs, they did so knowing thousands of homes near the dams would remain flooded for weeks, some of which never flooded until the releases. For these homeowners, it is unclear when exactly floodwaters will recede so they may return to their homes. Under the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment, the government is obligated to compensate property owners whose homes have flooded, and thus property taken, as a result of the dam releases.
Bad Faith Insurance Denials
Although many insurance companies claim to be there to help policyholders, the reality is that insurance companies are a business and Hurricane Harvey means millions if not billions of dollars in payouts to policyholders. In an effort to mitigate payouts and save on their bottom line, some insurance companies will use bad faith insurance tactics to wrongfully deny insurance claims.
Superfund Toxic Exposure Claims
According to the Environmental Protections Agency (EPA) 13 of the 41 Superfund sites in Texas were flooded by Hurricane Harvey, some with several feet of water. The toxic substances at these sites are now threatening thousands of surrounding homeowners by spreading the chemicals contained there. The spread of these toxic chemicals may make the surrounding areas uninhabitable, forcing many out of their homes indefinitely. In addition, residents can suffer from a variety of physical ailments resulting from their toxic exposure.
Crosby Plant Explosion Claims
On Thursday, August 31, 2017, the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas experienced a massive explosion and fire. Due to rising floodwaters, the plant lost electricity needed in its refrigeration units to keep volatile chemicals stored safely. Residents around the plant were forced to evacuate, as the risk for more explosions was still present. Arkema chemical plant has a history of violating numerous state and federal safety and environmental regulations and the explosions in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey have displaced numerous families trying to rebuild their lives after the devastation. In addition, residents can suffer from a variety of physical ailments resulting from their toxic exposure.
Hurricane Harvey Lawyers
As a local Houston law firm, the lawyers at Blizzard Law PLLC know how Hurricane Harvey has affected lives because we went through it too. We don’t want to see any individuals or companies taking advantage of Harvey victims, so if you are facing any one of the above Hurricane Harvey claims, please call us for additional information. We are local Houstonians and we are here to help. There is no upfront cost for working with us. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you won’t owe us anything unless we help you recover compensation.