A Meyerland man’s $13,000 attempt to protect his home from Harvey wasn’t worth an aqua-damn

Screen shot of HoustonPublicMedia.com, via Sam Craven

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After being burned from Tax Day and Memorial Day floods, a Meyerland man went out and bought a $13,000 AquaDam to protect his property.

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What he wasn’t prepared for was Hurricane Harvey to dump 5-feet of water in his home:

“In previous floods, the most we ever got was 12 to 14 inches or so,” Sam Craven said in an interview with Houston Public Media. “The AquaDam is good for 30 inches, so we thought we were pretty well covered.”

Screen shot of HoustonPublicMedia.com, via Sam Craven

Unfortunately, the barrier, 400-feet of refillable tubing designed to curve around a house, could not keep the water at bay, causing extensive damage to the home.

Craven is now changing his mind about what would protect it, even going as far as applying for a FEMA grant to raise his home.

At the moment, the agency declined.

“Meyerland will continue to be a fantastic neighborhood, but for the neighborhood to turn around and find its legs, people are going to have to build new, they’re going to have to get FEMA grants, or they’re going to have to pay to raise their house,” Craven said.

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While the AquaDam system worked for several other Houstonians, including another Meyerland couple and the city, Craven still plans on selling his home for lot value.

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