Mayor's Office

Press Release

City of Houston Helps Local Civic Club Fight Negligent Neighbor
Neighbor's Construction, Lack of Barriers Cause Flooding Issues for Ella Park Terrace Subdivision



December 20, 2011 -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced the City of Houston has joined forces with Ella Park Terrace Civic Club against Jose Gallegos, owner of an adjoining property at W. Donovan and Bersey Lane that has caused flooding issues for the Ella Park Terrace subdivision.

"I'm proud my administration is the first to do something about this longstanding problem in the Ella Park Terrace neighborhood," said Mayor Parker. "The civic club together with the City will fight against this property owner's negligence, and hopefully send a message to any other property owners who think they can get away with causing damage to surrounding properties without consequence."


Mr. Gallegos had changed his property in such a way that the natural flow of water is diverted into the neighboring Ella Park Terrace subdivision. His lack of action over several years to prevent water from flooding the adjoining subdivision is deemed a public nuisance. The legal petition asks the court to demand that Mr. Gallegos build a barrier to prevent water from flowing into surrounding properties.

“This demonstrates the City of Houston is committed to quality of life issues and owners who have taken advantage of the community," said Houston Council Member Jarvis Johnson, District B. "I am glad that Mayor Parker and City Attorney David Feldman have come together to take a strong stand for the Ella Park Terrace community. This is an issue that the community has been dealing with for over 20 years and now, because of the City of Houston, this will improve the quality of life and the property tax value of the District B community."