Hurricane Harvey Claims

Informational Purposes Only — The Cinco MUD 8 Board of Directors is not responsible for the information contained in the website.

Were you flooded during Harvey in 2017 by floodwaters behind Addicks or Barker Dams?

If so, you need to file a claim SOON to protect your rights and get compensated for your damages!

  1. Over 10,000 homes and businesses flooded during Harvey in late August 2017 from floodwaters stored behind Addicks and Barker Dams located west of Houston.
  2. Thousands of claims have already been brought by these landowners against the Corps of Engineers (i.e. the federal government) under the U.S. Constitution to recover their flood damages.
  3. An initial trial involving the first handful of these flood claims recently resulted in a finding that the federal government took a permanent flowage easement on these properties when they were flooded behind these dams, and that these claimants were thus entitled to their damages caused by such flooding and for the taking of this permanent flowage easement (the government has appealed these findings).
  4. This permanent flowage easement means that the government has the legal right to flood these properties in the future and no longer have to pay for any damages they may cause.
  5. The only compensation flood claimants can get for their Harvey damages and for this permanent flowage easement is NOW!
  6. However, time is running out to file such flood claims!
  7. If you believe that your property flooded during Harvey 2017 by water stored behind Addicks or Barker Dams, to be safe, your claim needs to be filed before August 28, 2023.
  8. If you’re not sure if your flooding was caused by these dams, log onto the website below to find out, or call the number below.
  9. To file a claim, log onto the website below to get information on how to do so, or call the number below.

For more information, log onto this website: or call 888-248-5215.

Preparing for the Freeze

The Operator for the Cinco MUD 8 has been working diligently over the last few weeks preparing District Facilities for the winter weather and freezing temperatures.

Back-up generators, exposed water lines and water wells are just a few of the items subject to freezing that are prepped to prevent damage and maintain operation.

For emergencies and after-hours assistance, you may reach our 24 hour dispatch team at (281) 398-8211.

Freezing Weather Notification

Winter weather and freezing temperatures are expected this week across Texas. The National Weather Service is forecasting widespread freezing temperatures on Friday and Saturday morning (12/23 – 12/24). In such conditions, it is imperative to protect the “Four P’s”: People, pets, pipes and plants.


  • Keep warm, stay inside if possible.
  • If you need to go out, dress in layers and wear hats, gloves and an appropriate coat.
  • Avoid overexertion, as cold weather puts added strain on your body.


  • Bring pets inside, and move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas.
  • Keep adequate food and water available.


  • Disconnect outdoor hoses, drain and store in protected area.
  • Wrap exposed faucets and pipes – including those outside the house or in unheated crawl spaces, attics, garages and other areas.


  • Bring potted plants inside or store in garage near interior wall to provide extra warmth and protection from wind.
  • For cold-sensitive outdoor plants, put down extra mulch and consider covering with a cloth fabric of some kind to shield the plants from wind and frost.

Additionally, if you have an irrigation system, turn off the water to the system at your backflow preventer and then drain the system so your irrigation pipes and sprinkler heads are not damaged.

As it pertains to the dripping of faucets, we are asking and advising our residents and customers NOT to drip their faucets. This could cause a dip in water pressure at your facility. If you reside within the greater Houston area and are part of the Regional Water Authorities (West Harris County Regional Water Authority, North Fort Bend Regional Water Authority, North Harris County Regional Water Authority), or receive water from the City of Houston, dripping faucets will put a strain on the system resulting in low pressure or even depleting the water system.

The following sites can also be used as a source of information and to keep you updated: