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Past Flood Victims Prepare For An Active Hurricane Season

We check in with a Meyerland family, who is taking extra measures to protect themselves.

This hurricane season is expected to be more “active” than average. As the city of Houston is preparing for the season… so is its residents.

Randy Claridge lives with his wife and two children in Meyerland.

“You always hear it’s a slow-motion disaster, and I’m like, “Yeah, that’s exactly what it is,” Ryan said.

The Claridges were rescued by the Houston Fire Department, when their home was flooded in the Memorial Day Flood, back in 2015.

“The first one was a freak. When it happens 11 months later, you think about it twice before you remodel your home,” said Randy’s wife, Jennifer.

When their home was flooded again, during Tax Day last year, they decided to take even more steps to prepare.

Randy bought life vests for each of the family members, after the city’s rescue raft didn’t have children’s vests.  

“When we got on the boat, the life jacket fell off Addison. It didn’t fit at all,” Randy said. “We weren’t going back into the house without life jackets.”

They raised the electrical outlets to the middle of the wall, and put their master bed on a platform.

“As crazy as that is, that’s what our bed is on,” Jennifer said.

And as they’re bracing for this year’s hurricane season, The Claridges are still waiting to find out if they’ve qualified for a grant to elevate their entire home.

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