HOUSTON – Lately, in the bayou city, when it rains, it floods. The recent heavy downpours has got Houstonians all washed up and in need of a break.
Some residents are taking legal action to get relief for their flood problems by suing the city.
“Many many hundreds of homes have flooded 3 times in the last 7 years. What we’re trying to do with this lawsuit is force the city and the redevelopment authority to do the projects they’ve promised for years and years,” says attorney Charles Irvine.
Residents in the Memorial City area claim the TIRZ 17 Redevelopment Authority failed to fix drainage problems in their neighborhood.
According to court docs, in 2003 TIRZ promised fixes in five areas, but residents have only one. Homeowners complain that the flooding is affecting their property values.
“Since Memorial City has started expanding and new buildings are going up all the time, new drainage projects move the water out of there, but it goes somewhere, what’s happening is its getting into the old residential neighborhoods around there,” Irvine stated.
TIRZ knows about flooding issues, and has a survey on the website requesting resident input, so they can help prevent anger and water from rising.