As we enter the dog days of summer, it’s important to remember that we are also in the midst of hurricane season. While many of us are enjoying days by the pool and relaxing vacations, the potential for a devastating hurricane is never far away. While this hurricane season is set to be an active one, many Houstonians are still living with the ghosts of past seasons.
It’s been nearly two years since Hurricane Harvey brought devastation to the city of Houston and the state of Texas, and Houston is far from ready for the next hurricane season. The Harris County Flood Control District is woefully unprepared for the next storm. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the flood control district made $5 million worth of emergency repairs to the Harris County’s flood control infrastructure. Unfortunately, engineers had to wait to receive federal aid before beginning larger scale projects to address crucial flood infrastructure improvements. Currently, according to Houston Chronicle, 95% of flood protection damage from Hurricane Harvey has yet to be repaired. The city of Houston predicts the repairs will be completed by September 2020; and, in the meantime Houstonians are still at risk.
The importance of flood mitigation infrastructure cannot be overstated. Nearly two years after Hurricane Harvey, many business owners and homeowners are still struggling with Hurricane Harvey insurance claims. Recovery is a long road property owners across the city are still traveling. Because it takes so long for complete recovery, it’s crucial hurricane damage is mitigated as much as possible.
As property owners have learned, insurance companies are often reluctant to pay out on hurricane damage claims, slowing down recovery significantly. Many property owners will be financially unable to make necessary repairs while insurance companies deny or underpay their claims. When this happens, property owners must file a bad faith lawsuit to recover their rightful compensation.
Houston Hurricane Harvey Lawyers
At Raizner Law, our Houston Hurricane Harvey lawyers understand the hurdles property owners are facing in the wake of the storm. If your insurance company is denying your hurricane damage claim, contact us today for a free consultation to see how we can help.