If you had been wondering whether the sandbag and tarp barrier (pictured at top) mustered around Kristin Massey’s Meyerland home was able to hold back the floodwaters once nearby Brays Bayou overflowed its banks a block to the north Monday night, here’s your answer: “We did all that we could, but it would never have been enough,” Massey wrote on Facebook the following morning.
To prepare for the storm, Massey had spent close to $5,000 to arrange a perimeter defense using 18,000 pounds of sandbags. But the water reached the 9 ft. level on Braesheather Dr. a block south of Brays Bayou and just west of the 610 Loop (above) — and up to 4-and-a-half-ft. high inside her 1961 home:
Massey says the home had never flooded prior to the 2015 Memorial Day and 2016 Tax Day floods, both of which caused extensive damage to the interior. “I’m tired of hearing this is a once-in-a-lifetime event — it’s not,” she later told abc13 reporter Steven Romo, as he took viewers on a tour of the flooded property. “There’s a problem. I mean this home had never flooded in 60 years.”
- Home barricaded by sandbag wall still flooded [abc13]
- 18,000 Pounds Of Sandbags Weren’t Enough To Protect This Houston Home [NPR]
- Previously on Swamplot: Sandbagging in Meyerland