Residents ask for mercy as neighborhoods near San Jacinto River become submerged

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by Andrew Horansky / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on July 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 16 at 5:20 PM

HUMBLE, Texas—These days, the big tires on Joey Shedd’s truck are coming in handy.

The resident of Humble lives along the San Jacinto River. The only way to get in and out of his neighborhood is by boat or in a very tall truck, which Shedd has.

Like many people in his community, Shedd thought he had seen the flooding of a lifetime after Hurricane Ike. Now, his neighbors are once again staying in hotels, as he keeps an eye on their homes and the water.

"Sometimes you see it is going down," he said, "then all of a sudden, here it is and everybody is in boats and you’re fishing in your neighborhood."

If the rain holds off, Shedd said the roads should be dry in a couple of days. But for now, the water does not seem to be going anywhere.

Just across the river, football fields from where the San Jacinto should end, big trucks are stuck. Closer to Highway 59, a local access road has become a swimming hole.

Closer to The Woodlands, the situation is drier, although some disgruntled residents say they are planning to move.

"If we stayed here, I would be sleepless every time it rains," homeowner Joseph Ramirez said.

The water ripped through at least 50 homes in a five block area where he lives.

His neighbor Tami Carroll rents and said the water destroyed her home too.

"We definitely need some mercy," she said.

At the same time, views vary on where the water came from and who to blame, if anyone. There are also questions over FEMA, and whether the government agency will consider the situation to be a natural disaster.

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