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“Judge: Feds Aren’t Liable For Downstream Harvey Flooding”

“The federal government can't be held responsible for flooding that occurred downstream of Texas reservoirs during Hurricane Harvey, a U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge ruled Tuesday.

Senior Judge Loren Smith's decision stands in stark contrast to a December finding by the same court that the Army Corps of Engineers could be liable for inundation of homes upstream of the Addicks and Barker reservoirs during the 2017 storm (Greenwire, Dec. 18, 2019).

Smith rejected landowners' claims that the government should have ensured ‘perfect flood control' to protect Houston residents ‘in the face of an Act of God.'”

Pamela King reports for Greenwire February 20, 2020.