Houston Weather: Residents feel the effects of April 2016 Tax Day flooding

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – It has been six years since the 2016 Tax Day floods in Houston that damaged thousands of homes and claimed several lives.

Nearly 24 inches of rain fell in and around the Houston area on April 17-18.

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The Meyerländer Dr. David Silberman remembers those two days all too vividly.

“They talk about when a ship sinks, it goes through these death groans, and we experienced something similar,” said Dr. Silberman. “Not that the house was dying, but you can hear the clatter of pots and pans and other objects wherever water gave them buoyancy.”

dr Silberman and his wife got about two feet of water at their home near Brays Bayou. They were able to salvage some of their possessions, but many were lost.

“It didn’t matter whether you opened the door or not,” recalled Dr. Silberman of that night. “Water was equidistant from the inside of the house to the outside of the house.”

The couple made the decision to demolish their flooded home and rebuild a home that was raised more than 5 feet.

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Since then, his Meyerland district has never been the same. During an interview with ABC13, he pointed to a house that is being erected, a vacant lot where a house has been demolished, and a house that has been vacant since Hurricane Harvey.

There’s a shop nearby that has had its fair share of flooding, Three Brothers Bakery. The owner, Robert Jucker, said the tax day flooding was the second of three. The first was the Memorial Day flood just a year earlier.

“Parts of it were gutted,” Jucker said. “They were preparing to reconstruct some items that needed to be repaired and rebuilt. We did it again and were met by Harvey the next year.”

Jucker said they planned to expand their business after being hit by flood waters so many times, but those plans were shelved.

“It’s refreshing because we feel like in 2014 we’ve gotten to the point where we’ve grown, we’ve created jobs, we’ve helped the community. We’ve expanded,” said Jucker.

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Both Jucker and Dr. Silberman hope the work on Brays Bayou will calm their nerves during future rain events.

Harris County Flood Control is working on a massive project that will add 21 miles to Brays Bayou.

One customer is confident it will lower our flood sources by 18 inches should similar storms recur in the future,” said Dr. Silberman. “We are very confident that all of these changes will prove effective.”

Andrea Kawaja, owner of the Afloat Insurance Agency, suggests that Houston residents should get flood insurance even if they’ve never been flooded before. She said 50% of applications come from people living in low-risk areas.

“People always think they should only get flood insurance when hurricane season starts,” Kawaja said. “We’ve seen in the past that some of our biggest floods happen outside of the hurricane season.”

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