Is Your Flood Damage Caused by Someone Else Like a Builder, Developer or Land Owner?
Flooding that affects residences and commercial properties is not always just the result of too much Mother Nature. Sometimes, flooding that damages your home or business is caused by the careless and irresponsible building and development of your own property or property that is higher in the watershed.
Take for instance the flooding that occurs in the Las Brisas subdivision in Seguin. Sheetwater flooding occurs in the Las Brisas subdivision because it is directly in the path of the drainage or watershed that begins at the New Braunfels Airport, over 10 miles away. If landowners in between the airport and the Las Brisas subdivision change the volume or speed of the water flow, they could be responsible for the flooding that occurs downstream from the airport.
With new development popping up everywhere, it is not surprising that flood claims are increasing. When an HEB, Home Depot or some other massive big box store goes up, they cover hundreds of thousands of square feet of soil with concrete. That water is then drained off of their massive parking lots and delivered into the flow of water trying to find its lowest point.
If you start seeing differences in water flow in your neighborhood, start looking at what is going on on higher ground. Those big box stores like Home Depot, Target and WalMart may be changing the way water affects your home and neighborhood.