Hundreds of residents in Fort Bend County have sued an engineering company alleging that it was negligent in the design of a stormwater management system for a community that flooded during Hurricane Harvey.
The lawsuit was filed recently against Costello Inc. for work the engineering firm did for a Levee Improvement District created more than a decade ago.
The district was designed to protect the Riverstone development from flooding by the Brazos River, but roughly a third of the 1,760 homes in the district flooded in the aftermath of Harvey.
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The Houston Chronicle reports the firm was founded by former Houston city councilman Steve Costello, who now serves as Mayor Sylvester Turner's so-called flood czar.
The engineering firm did not respond to interview requests and Costello declined comment. He divested from the firm in 2015.