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Thu Oct 12, 2017, 03:59 PM

Houston officials let developers build homes inside reservoirs.

Houston officials let developers build homes inside reservoirs.

No one warned buyers.

Then #Harvey hit.

http://bit.ly/2yGrx39



Houston officials let developers build homes inside reservoirs. But no one warned buyers.

BY NEENA SATIJA, THE TEXAS TRIBUNE AND REVEAL, KIAH COLLIER, THE TEXAS TRIBUNE, AND AL SHAW, PROPUBLICA
OCT. 12, 2017

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When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built the two reservoirs known as Addicks and Barker on what was then mostly empty prairie, their chief goal was to protect the center of the city, 20 miles downstream.

The vast basins are dry most of the time, dotted with wooded parks and sports fields, and are contained on their eastern boundaries by large, earthen dams. During rainstorms, floodwater accumulates behind those dams in areas known as “flood pools” and backs up to the west; how far it goes depends on how big the rainstorm is and where it hits.

That system worked well when the reservoirs were surrounded by prairie and rice fields. But in recent decades, development has encroached from all sides. Today, about 14,000 homes are located inside them. During Harvey, when more floodwater accumulated behind the dams than ever before, 5,138 of those homes flooded.

Some local government officials, like Harris County Commissioner Steve Radack, say they’ve warned residents for years during town halls and other public events about the risks of living in or around the reservoirs.
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ProPublica and the Texas Tribune are looking into home buyouts after Hurricane Harvey. Has your home flooded repeatedly, and have you volunteered for a buyout? E-mail harvey@texastribune.org.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 04:18 PM

1. Who could have predicted that a conservative state would a free-fire zone for grifters?

On the other hand, it should be really easy to drown government in the bathtub when the whole house is full of water.

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Thu Oct 12, 2017, 04:19 PM

2. "A city without limits!" or zoning laws

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Response to underpants (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 05:01 PM

3. Texas is a corporate welfare state.

The function of government is to protect businesses from the people they injure. Money is god, and if you don't have enough to skid the wheels of justice, you're doomed.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 05:22 PM

4. And Massachusetts drowned four towns to MAKE a reservoir.

The powers-that-be never care.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 06:44 PM

5. This is another story that I hope will show how important regulation can be...

The state of Texas started deregulating the home building industry in the early-mid 90s...

The deregulation included no longer requiring mortgage companies and prospective buyers to get an independent inspection of the home BEFORE closing.

Perry Home Builders (no relation to the then-Lt Governor Rick Perry of Texas) sold several dozen homes that they built in an upscale Houston sub-division and upon moving into the homes, the owners encountered structural problems that inspectors would have quickly/easily found had inspections been required. Perry Home Builders built a Potemkin Village in Houston and sold NEW homes to unsuspecting buyers for hundreds of thousands of dollars. The home owners would complain to

The homeowners would complain to the warranty insurance company and the warranty insurance company would complain to Perry Home Builders. The warranty company and Perry Home Builders would get into a pissing contest and the homeowner was stuck in the middle. Homeowners who hired attorneys to sue for damages found that their attorneys were not sure about who to sue. After several weeks or months of frustration, several groups of homeowners started protesting by picketing the entrances to the sub-division carrying signs warning new potential homeowners not to look at their homes.

I've been following this slowly-developing story since I learned to surf the net but I somehow missed this!

http://www.star-telegram.com/living/family/moms/article3825047.html

Anyway, the average person doesn't appreciate the swindling/crap that regulation can stop until a disaster reveals what could have been prevented...

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