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Billions and billions have been spend on Hurricane Harvey restoration. And it will take months for all the work to be done.

You can't fix stupid with hundreds of homes built in...duh....a reservoir.....and more hundreds built in flood plains using ancient maps that never were updated.

t.



Yeah, my townhouse flooded--about 4 ft of water came in. My home had never flooded before. The reservoirs had not had necessary maintenance and repairs performed, so the Army Corps of Engineers released water to keep the reservoirs from breaking completely. And that's why my house flooded.

So, problem #1: It's easy to put off necessary maintenance.

Homes built in a reservoir: the homeowners didn't know. I've driven through one of the reservoirs--it's a nice drive from Houston to Katy. I can see one side of the reservoir because it's a large ridge of earth. I have no idea where the other side is--no ridge to identify it. I can see why area homeowners didn't know.

Builders are a politically powerful group in Texas. They are not stupid. They make their living building and selling houses and they don't concern themselves about what happens after they sell the houses. Attempts to rein in building in questionable areas have often failed. It was the builders, I believe, who pushed for the permits to build in the reservoirs. I don't know who caved and allowed it, but they're at fault, too. Betting on 'no hurricane' and 'no high water' in Houston is a doomed bet. I would like to see governments that issued the permits, builders who built the houses, and realtors who sold those house all have to pay the homeowners for their losses. All of those entities knew the risks. Should the homeowners have known? I think they either didn't think about it or they assumed that builders wouldn't have been allowed to build in areas that were almost guaranteed to flood.

And problem #2: Local governments allowed builders to build in flood-prone areas.

Should homeowners have known? Maybe. It's like the old West: on one side, you have the casino and the local government that gave them permission to open, and other the other side, you have the rubes, the ordinary people who don't know that the dice are loaded and the decks are stacked. If you want to fix things, you go after the wrongdoers, the ones who knew it was wrong and did it anyway.

On the plus side, my floor tile was delivered Monday. Yay!

Karen
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