Rising water takes emotional toll on Brazoria Co. residents

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Neighbors Tanitha Perkins and Emily Tucker said their homes took on water when the Brazos River swelled beyond its banks. (KTRK)

Every inch the water rises in neighborhoods within Brazoria County, the greater the emotional and physical toll for residents here.

Throughout the day, we've witnessed the devastation first hand.

Families are trying to save their homes, their precious memories.

The Brazos River is far beyond its banks, and isn't expected to change for days.

The river is the reason part of this town is still under a voluntary evacuation order, and why recreational boating has been banned on the Brazos, San Bernard River, Oyster Creek and Bastrop Bayou.

In West Columbia, there are sections that are underwater. Others aren't.

For neighbors Tanitha Perkins and Emily Tucker, the shock set in when they saw bone-dry streets only a short distance from their flooded homes.

"It's in my house," Perkins said. "It's not in the street, it's in my house."

Perkins said it has been emotionally exhausting to see Harvey's toll on her neighborhood.

"I'm in inches, and my home is flooded," she said, fighting back tears.

"I have a one-year old house that we want to hurry and get into, try and get rid of some of the damage faster," Tucker said.

We found Texas National Guard members on their street assembling a pump.

Hopefully, very shortly, this street too will be on the road to recovery.

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