New State Law Requires Home Sellers to Disclose Flooding History

2 years 1 month 3 days ago Friday, August 23 2019 Aug 23, 2019 August 23, 2019 4:29 PM August 23, 2019 in News - Local

WESLACO – A Weslaco man says he didn't know the flood history of his property before buying it after two years of flooding in the Rio Grande Valley.

Armando Silva says his family has lived in their Weslaco home for more than 60 years; it flooded for the first time last June.

Silva lives on Wardlow Avenue, according to FEMA flood maps his home sits inside of the city's flood boundary. 

"I did not know because I never worried about it, because it never flooded," he says.

Senate Bill 339 was signed in early June of this year is aiming to protect homebuyers, such as Silva.

Previously, sellers in Texas were only required to disclose whether or not their home sat in an area considered a 100-year flood plain.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS spoke to Jose Luis Garcia, a real estate broker at Medina Realty; he says now sellers will have to disclose more details about flood history. 

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