Santa Fe residents clean up after flooding

One of the hardest hit areas in Tuesday's rain was in Galveston County.

SANTA FE, Texas -- One of the areas hardest hit by Tuesday’s rain was in Galveston County where several homes and cars flooded in Santa Fe.

Brittany Rainville, a spokesperson for Galveston County, told KHOU Tuesday the county was still compiling reports and did not have a total number of homes flooded available yet.

Rainville told KHOU she had not received any reports of injuries or rescues. She said some roadblocks were still up around the hard-hit Highland neighborhood, near 32nd and Avenue P, and that drainage crews were working to remove debris from the drainage system.

Highland resident Tim Miller, founder of the rescue group Texas Equusearch, had planned to spend another week helping families facing difficult situations. Instead, he found himself facing one of his own.

“Looks like I have some of my own issues I need to take care of now,” Miller said Tuesday afternoon. “We clearly live in God’s world, not mine.”

Miller got a call from a neighbor around 7 a.m. Tuesday informing him that water was going into his home. Miller said he got up, started walking around, and felt his socks get damp. Within 30 minutes, the water had risen to two inches, continuing to rise too fast to move furniture to higher ground.

“It’s a very unpleasant surprise to start the morning,” said Miller, adding that not only was this the first time his home had flooded in the 17 years he’s lived there, it happened just a few months after he spent more than $18,000 remodeling.

Photos: Air 11 over flooding in Santa Fe, Texas

In all, the rains left more than 7 inches of water in every room and even more water in the barn, shaking up the animals that live on Miller’s property and bringing in plenty that don’t.

“There was actually a snake in the bathroom earlier,” Miller said. “It went back behind the tub. I don’t know where he’s at now.”

Fire ants and spiders also filled that water, which flooded several homes in Miller’s neighborhood and the surrounding area, making driving difficult to impossible for those whose cars were lucky enough to escape the flooding.

“My dad’s like, ‘Just don’t start it, and it’ll be OK,’” said Brooke Whitley, who spent Tuesday afternoon scooping out water from inside her sedan. 

Many others watched nervously as the water came too close for comfort.

“We’re kind of low to the ground,” said Mary Mayes, sitting on the front porch of a nearby home. “It came up to the second step almost.”

Miller says even though he has flood insurance, he isn’t sure living here is worth the risk.

“I’m seriously flirting with the idea of pushing my house to the ground and bringing in dirt and building a new house,” he said. “I don’t want to go through this again.”

© 2017 KHOU-TV


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