Homeowners in Kingwood wonder if construction is to blame for flooding

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HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — Homeowners flooded for the first time ever want to know if new construction near their communities is to blame.

Several watched Elm Creek waiting for day-old shock to blow over.  

Close to 400 homes in Kingwood flooded Tuesday night.  

Chunks of communities saw water damage homes. 

Widower Fred Konrath, 87, saw two inches of water ruin his carpet and flooring.  

Volunteers from his church ripped it out and saved the furniture his late wife bought.

“We didn’t expect it (to flood) because I’ve lived here since ’84 and no matter how hard it rained, the water never came over the curb,” Konrath said.

Over and over neighbors blamed new construction next door in Montgomery County.

“It came from the heavens and it came from that property,” one neighbor said. “I saw it.”

Figure Four Partners, LTD broke ground in the area for a large community of homes. 

One of the developers spoke to KHOU 11 News by phone and said the project is four-months behind because of rain. 

Builders had no idea homes nearby flooded, the developer claimed. Though, builders are not convinced their property caused the flooding.

Neighbors, though, showed us concrete in a drainage ditch they claim overflowed into streets and homes. 

Developers said the culvert is there to push water into Elm Creek. They also said crews will dig new and better drainage when weather permits.  

However, builders believe the last storm simply dumped too much rain too fast.

Neighbors want to see proof and want protection before the next rain falls.

“When you put a culver and put a dam, you’re responsible,” Aaron Fuller, a homeowner said.


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