Braes Heights Residents Seek Flood Recovery

Preliminary estimates are that more than 2500 Harris County residents suffered damage to their homes from last month’s flooding.



A giant vehicle removes debris from the Braes Heights neighborhood in Houston.

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Kate Stukenberg lost nearly 80-percent of her home after two feet of water went inside.

“We had to evacuate in the middle of the night with our one year old and four year old, and our door couldn’t shut, because there  was so much water flooding in,” Stukenberg says.  

Despite the loss, she tries to remain upbeat.

“It’s not like we were waving flags on our roof, and we weren’t floating down the river in Wimberley. I mean, when you look at it that way,we were fine,” she says.

FEMA has put one of its two Disaster Mobile Assistance Centers in Meyerland to help with the recovery, but some say it’s not enough.

A resident, who didn’t want to give his name, says he was ready to fix his home. But then he received a letter from Houston’s Public Works Department, that stated he could not begin the work.

“Regardless of how well the insurance companies want to work with us, the support from FEMA, the city is stepping and making it impossible for people to get their lives back to normal,” says this unidentified homeowner.

This man’s home is among the 2,195 residential properties in Harris County that reported damage from the Memorial Day weekend flooding.

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