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Hurricane Harvey

18,000 Pounds Of Sandbags Outside A Meyerland Home

Harvey is expected to cause flooding in places Houston has never experienced before.

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  • Kristin Massey's Meyerland home is sealed with water proofing surrounded by sandbag barriers. (Photo Credit: Kristin Massey)
    Kristin Massey's Meyerland home is sealed with water proofing surrounded by sandbag barriers. (Photo Credit: Kristin Massey)
  • Kristin Massey's Meyerland home is sealed with water proofing surrounded by sandbag barriers. (Photo Credit: Kristin Massey)
    Kristin Massey's Meyerland home is sealed with water proofing surrounded by sandbag barriers. (Photo Credit: Kristin Massey)
  • Kristin Massey's Meyerland home is sealed with water proofing surrounded by sandbag barriers. (Photo Credit: Kristin Massey)
    Kristin Massey's Meyerland home is sealed with water proofing surrounded by sandbag barriers. (Photo Credit: Kristin Massey)
  • Kristin Massey's Meyerland home is sealed with water proofing surrounded by sandbag barriers. (Photo Credit: Kristin Massey)
    Kristin Massey's Meyerland home is sealed with water proofing surrounded by sandbag barriers. (Photo Credit: Kristin Massey)

Meyerland, in Southeast Houston sits in the floodplain.

And that's where Kristin Massey lives.

She's been flooded twice in the past year, and doesn't want to take anymore chances.

"You start thinking not just from the ground up, but from the ceiling down. What can you do," she says.

Her solution? Buying 18,000 pounds of sandbags brought in on two commercial trucks.

The bags stack 11 inches high with a sheet of water proofing 5 feet high.

This surrounds her entire one-story home.

"I would have bought more had more because I would have liked to have gone higher than 11 inches, but I have about half or a third of what I need," she says.

Massey says she will try anything to save her house.

"The reason we moved is to get in a good school district for my son," she says. "That’s what I care about. I’d rather be over prepared than under prepared, and this may not even work. It's just an effort to hope that it will."

In two days, she has spent close to $5,000 reinforcing her home.

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