Why We Aren’t Evacuating

We don’t live anywhere near Galveston. In fact, we’re at the northernmost end of Harris County.

TOPOGRAPHY: Houston lies largely in the northern portion of the Gulf coastal plain, a 40- to 50-mile-wide swath along the Texas Gulf Coast. Typically, elevation rises approximately one foot per mile inland.

Northern and eastern portions of the area are largely forested; southern and western portions are predominantly prairie grassland; coastal areas are prairie and sand.

Surface water in the Houston region consists of lakes, rivers, and an extensive system of bayous and manmade canals that are part of the rainwater runoff management system. Some 25%-30% of Harris County lies within the 100-year flood plain. Elevation ranges (a.s.l.): Brazoria 0′-146′, Chambers 0′-85′, Fort Bend 12′-158′, Galveston 0′-43′, Harris 0′-310′, Liberty 0′-269′, Montgomery 43′-435′, Waller 80′-357′.

Somewhere in my area is an 85 foot elevation. I am on a hill, though, so I expect I am higher.

As long as it doesn’t flood to the north of us so that they release the gates on the lake up north, we’ll be okay. If they do, though, our house may get water. And we don’t have flood insurance because we’re not even in the 500 year flood plane. I hope this isn’t a 1000 year flood.

At the most we are expecting:
downed trees to block our roads and possibly open our house to rain
no electricity for up to 10 days
and, if the flooding everywhere is horrific (like it was in NOLA), then water in the house

Okay, I really didn’t like that last statement.