Homeowners near San Jacinto River voice flooding concerns


by Rucks Russell / KHOU 11 News


Posted on May 29, 2014 at 10:30 PM

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas -- Ashley Harmon knows exactly what signs to look for to determine that the San Jacinto River is about to have its way.

“When it gets to these two trees, then it’s time to pack up,” said Harmon in the backyard of her Northshore home.

The Harmon’s already have packed things up.

“We’ve already got a lot of our stuff in the box truck loaded up just in case,” she added. “The rest of it we’ll get in there if we need to. It worries me. But there’s nothing we can do.”

That’s especially true with more rain expected to be on the way.

“It depends on where it rains.”

Robert Avery’s home also sits along the banks of the swollen river.

“It depends on where it rains," said Avery. “If it rains up around Conroe, look out."

A lot of Avery’s neighbors were keeping their eyes on the river and on Belleau Wood Drive because if the flood waters wash over the road, a lot of residents will be locked in with no way out.

It happened in 1994. Avery, who’s lived here for 27 years, remembers it well.

“This house had six inches in the ceiling of the first floor,” said Avery. “So to come under those power lines out there you had to duck down in the boat.”

It’s the kind of thing homeowners hope never to see again, but ultimately it’s not UP to them.

“I guess we go with the flow I guess,” said Harmon.

For a lot of homeowners along the river, the flow seems everywhere.