Elm Grove resident Jeff Miller submitted two more videos and a still photo today. They show:
- Harris County Flood Control crews excavating Taylor Gully almost up to the Montgomery County line. The ditch had become silted due to erosion from a development upstream called Woodridge Village on the other side of the county line.
- Enhancements to the S2 Detention Pond in Woodridge Village. It appears that contractors have heightened the berm separating Elm Grove and Woodridge. Perhaps the extra height on the berm is a temporary safeguard. The vast majority of detention has not yet been installed. And with hurricane season kicking into high gear next month, it may give Perry Homes and its subsidiaries (Figure Four Partners LTD and PSWA, Inc.) extra protection against more lawsuits.
More than 200 homes flooded near Taylor Gully on May 7th that had never flooded before. The ditch winds through Porter, Woodridge Village, Elm Grove and North Kingwood Forest. Homes on all four sides of the new development flooded after contractors altered drainage when clearing the land.
LJA Surveyors Worked over Weekend in Elm Grove
Additional still photos taken last Sunday by Nancy Vera also show LJA Surveying the streets of Elm Grove. Vera asked them what they were doing and the surveyors professed (or feigned) ignorance. They said the reason they were there was “above our pay grade,” according to Vera.
I’m not sure what’s going on here. It may have something to do with the countersuit by the subsidiaries of Perry Homes. They allege, in part, that the flooding on May 7th is not their fault “because Plaintiffs assumed the risk that resulted in Plaintiffs’ alleged damages.” (See Point #10, page 5). However, their lawsuit does not specify what they mean by that.
I’m going to take a wild guess and assume that they’re going to claim that some of the homes were in the 100- and 500-year flood plains. Of course, that ignores the fact that none of those homes had every flooded before, not even in Harvey.
Posted by Bob Rehak on 7/17/2019 with contributions from Jeff Miller and Nancy Vera
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