Do I Deserve Compensation for the Damage to my Home?

Hurricane Harvey was a devastating storm that nearly destroyed all of the neighborhoods that are situated upstream and downstream of the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs.  The U.S. Army Corps emptied countless gallons of water, which had built up in these reservoirs into the downstream neighborhoods.  If that was not bad enough, in order to try and protect themselves from looking like they favor one side of the stream to the other, the United States Army Corps of Engineers decided to also flood the area upstream from the reservoirs.  Those reservoirs were designed to be so big and so much water that everyone believed that it would be impossible for the water to overflow.  However, none of took into account kind and generous Uncle Sam doing it on purpose.

I have lived in Houston since 1990.  I moved there for my job, which I later quit after I had a family.  Our home has now been completely destroyed, along with the vast majority of our earthly possessions.

Whenever I start to get discouraged about all that my family and I have lost, I force myself to remember three key things.  Firstly, all that matters is that we, as a family, are together, even my son’s smelly hamster.  Secondly, all of our stuff can be replaced.  Afterall, as my mother always taught me, “the fun does not come as much from having the stuff as from buying the stuff.”

Lastly, because our home and all of its contents, would not have been lost if it were not for the Army Corps of Engineers releasing that water, the government should pay for all of the damages that occurred as a result of emptying the reservoirs.  It’s as simple as—even though I hate cliches—“if you break, you buy it.”  That’s what happened when I broke Grandma’s favorite coffee mug at age six, and that’s exactly what’s going to happen this time.

As much I might be able to try somewhat to understand one elected official wanting to dismantle ObamaCare, even when I believe in national healthcare, the government should pay to replace our house, and all of its contents, because them releasing all that water was just negligent.  Someone could have died.

I heard a neighbor talking about how the government did what they did for “the greater good,” which is another moronic cliche because doing something for the greater good always implies that someone else is left holding the bag.

It is wrong, and it is downright disrespectful.

When, not if, the government pays us at fair market value for our house and belongings, we will have to move because, since the government flooded us once, they are just as likely to do it again.  It’s that whole “fool me once, fool me twice,” which is actually a useful cliche.

According to these attorneys in Houston, I could file a lawsuit against the officials responsible for the damage done to my property.

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