Rainy forecast triggers anxiety for some Meyerland residents

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Many folks across the Houston area are feeling flood-weary and definitely anxious about what could fall from the sky this weekend.

It would appear that Meyerland is moving on after the Tax Day flood. And in many respects, that's true.

"We thought we would be OK. I mean, what are the chances, right?" Meyerland resident Erin Anders said.

But even though the waters have receded and the sun is shining, neighbors like Anders are afraid every time rain is in the forecast.

"I'm on edge," she said. "It seems like every rain, it's like a flooding rain now. It's very stressful, it's all you can think about all day long, and your stomach is in knots and you're just waiting for the rain to come and hopefully leave fast."

Anders and her family had just remodeled after their home flooded on Memorial Day. And then last week, tragedy struck again.

"When I put my son to bed that night, he kept asking if it was going to flood, which is the same question I was asking myself, but I kept saying, no, it will be OK bud, we'll be alright and then had to wake him up and say, pack a bag, we gotta get out."
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Lisa Broadfoot knows the feeling. She, too, feels anxious when the skies darken.

"I think it's like post traumatic stress disorder, every time it rains, we freak out, basically," Broadfoot said.

Dan Perez with the Houston Anxiety Center tells us flood anxiety is a real thing.

"It's a lot of fairly intense stress in a short time, because you're still trying to do all the stuff you would normally do, like work, get things done, pay your bills," Perez said.

Anders is focusing on each task at hand, trying to stay positive for her kids..

"At least you have your life, we're good," she said.

Tips for flood victims dealing with anxiety from Hypnotist Dan Perez:

    Use positive affirmations like: "I will manage." Repeat these phrases throughout the day and it will make a difference in how you feel.

    Use a breathing exercise called "7-11." Breath in for 7 seconds, breathe out for eleven seconds. Helps to lower you blood pressure and calm you down. Repeat as necessary.
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