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I have been a little stressed out over here.
In 2016, our house flooded. This was after several months of remodeling. The day we were getting new counter tops (and finally finishing out remodel) we had about 3 inches of yucky, gross, disgusting, filth water run completely through our house.
Thankfully a friend sent me a text, that woke me up, to check on us. Otherwise, we might have slept through the event. That was the last sleep we got for about 3 days. I have never cleaned so much in my life! We bleached the heck out of things trying to save brand new cabinets and flooring. It's something I don't want to experience again.
Thankfully, our city doesn't want us to go through that again either. Plus, doing this just helps the city in general.
The city hired an engineering firm to determine what needed to be done to prevent flooding. The firm gave the city suggestions, one of them was to apply for a FEMA grant to elevate about 60 homes that were pegged as continual loss no matter what fixes were done.
To our shock, we were on that list. And, even more shocking we were picked for the first round!
We were given 3 companies to interview and decide which would work best for us. We had a total of 6 interviews (2 with each company) and we decided to go with a company that is run by architects. Then I had to clean out our garage....not an easy task.
First things first, there was a lot of digging. Lots and lots of digging. Then jack hammering. Lots and lots of jack hammering. All excess concrete had to be cut away. The center of our attached garage was cut out.
Our garage will stay usable. The floor stays on the ground and the walls are built up to meet the existing walls. Does that make sense?
Anyway, we are only a part of the way through this process. Currently, we are living in an airbnb in the Galleria area of Houston. We picked this area because my husband can walk to work if he wants. It is nice that he gets "home" really early now that we are so close. But, this will only last about a month. This girl is ready to be home already!
Our little house is now close to 4 feet in the air. Well over the 18 inches above the floodplain that is required. I did get a video of one of the "pushes". Each "push" is about 8 inches. It is quiet and quick! In fact, I didn't realize it was happening until a couple of bracing boards fell.
Next up: new pipes and new concrete then build up the new "walls".
A part 2 will be coming. Soon....
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Hello there! I'm Rebecca. A current SAHM to my handsome little man, Max. Wife to a workaholic.