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Kingwood families bracing for more storms while clearing flooded debris from their homes

Residents said the flooding from Tuesday’s downpour was unexpected because the northeast part of Kingwood was not flooded by Hurricane Harvey.

HOUSTON — A fast and furious rainfall once again started Wednesday in Kingwood. It’s what residents have been concerned about since Tuesday’s downpour.  

People stayed home from work and school Wednesday to clean up damage to their homes from flooding. They said the flooding from Tuesday’s downpour was unexpected because the northeast part of Kingwood was not flooded by Hurricane Harvey.

Meg Ganzy’s friends helped her tear out soaked sheetrock in her dining room. Her damaged furniture and other property are now lining the front yard. Her neighbor, Michael Scott, is also getting rid of waterlogged mattresses, carpets and chairs.

“We tried to salvage what we could,” Scott said.

Nine inches of rain flooded Scott's first floor In a short period of time on Tuesday. His concern right now is what will happen during the next storm, especially with the ground already so saturated.

He’s paying $550 for a dumpster to take all of the debris away.

“The problem is all the debris going down the street everywhere, that’s a big concern. We don’t want to ruin our community and cause trash to go everywhere,” Scott said.

The Howard family nearby is trying to make sense of the flooding situation.

“Something is happening now, something strange in Kingwood. We’ve never seen this level of flooding after so many years of not having it,” said Mark Howard.

Howard’s father, Roger, is in a wheelchair.  His daughter managed to quickly take him upstairs when water came rushing in.

“It started coming in through the back door. It started coming in everywhere,” Roger Howard said.

Some of his critical medical equipment, though, got ruined in the flood water.

Residents worry about how storm drains will handle the next rounds of rain. For some, it’s been an emotional 24 hours.

Ganzy has been teary-eyed all day.

“It’s not sad. I’m thankful that there are so many people here helping. I mean, everyone is here to help us,” Ganzy said.

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