Houston family hoping sandbag barricade keeps water out of home

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Family hopes sandbag barricade keeps water out, Steven Romo reports. (KTRK)

As heavy rain and flooding remain in the forecast, a Meyerland family is hoping an 18,000 pound sandbag barricade is enough to keep the floodwater at bay.

Kristin Massey has lived in the home for two years and it's already flooded twice.

"It's a 60-year-old home and it never flooded until a few years ago, and now it's flooded twice," she said.

The Memorial Day 2015 flood wrecked the home. Massey was told it was a once in a lifetime event. Then, came the Tax Day floods last year.

"This time I'm just not going to do it. This is not going to happen," she said.

With that determination and about $5,000 worth of supplies, she's spent the past couple day getting ready for Hurricane Harvey.

Her main goal is to keep the rain out of her home so her family can stay inside. Her son is set to start kindergarten on Tuesday.

"We don't want to be out of home for the first half of the year. The reason we moved here is because the schools are so good," Massey said.

The neighborhood is rooting for her bold approach, but Massey is hoping for a longterm solution.

"We really have to focus on the infrastructure in Houston. We have to. This is fine and dandy but it's not long term," she said.

For now, Massey and her family are putting their hope in sand, plastic and some really strong tape.

"If we can make it through this, I'll be really happy," she said.


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