Dear City of Sugar Land,
Remember when you invited me to your City Hall (the Land Of Oz) and met with me after my home flooded? Your city engineers said they’d get back to me with their plan on fixing our drainage problem here in ChimneyStone subdivision. Now, months later, I haven’t heard from anyone. It was obvious at the meeting that the city is trying to limit its liability by stressing that Hurricane Harvey was so extreme and so rare. But, as I’ve pointed out before: water was up to my door two years before Harvey (May 2015, 2 a.m.) after four hours of rain (I’ll repeat it forever). That proves that there is an actual problem and a flaw with our neighborhood’s drainage, and, this will happen again soon. Therefore, I have no choice, I will keep asking this question: what’s the plan? Where is everybody? Has the buzz worn off? (It’s small government Attention Deficit Syndrome).
I usually enjoy the coming of spring and summer, but now I know it’s just the coming of Flood Time here in the Chimneystone subdivision. This sub-division is the retaining pond for our levee district. Right? That is correct. We saved the other homes in LID2 by holding all the excess flood water right here in our homes. I sat in a chair with my feet in that dirty water. After two nightmarish events in two years I’m traumatized. Although it was never my style, I’m seeing a therapist. I just need someone to talk to about it.
I’ve already performed a lot of repair work on my house (by myself). However, I still have no floors in two-thirds of my house, and two thirds of my house still has flood cut walls at the bottom. My kitchen and bathroom cabinets are sitting on blocks, some are gone. I’ve been offered some help, but that won’t bring back the value of my home.
When it rains now it just scares me, I stare out the window. I’ll keep asking: Why is it that I haven’t seen any digging machines working on our problem? Yes, there is a problem here (your city engineers admitted that to me), for as I’ve said before, water was up to my door two years before Harvey. I believe that the city hopes time will fade the call for meetings, the pain, the discussions, the liability. Sooner or later will come a warning tone on my phone at 3 a.m. and we’ll be in the same boat (so to speak). Right Sugar Land? What will your liability be at that point?
Sugar Land, I’m sure you hope I’ll fade away too. However, I pray I will remain a pain in your backside (I’ll keep trying as hard as I can). Folks need to stay angry with governments, and be up in your face. Governments forget and they’re lazy. To you I would say: working for government shouldn’t be fun and pleasant when citizens are miserable and in pain. You should constantly feel their pain as well. So feel my pain and get outta the chair and get some big digging machines over to my area. Do it. The next time this happens I promise I will bring all my ruined belongings down and dump them right in the middle of your fancy City Hall. Then you can put me in jail and I’ll have a dry place to sleep.
Sugar Land, at least get a kid from a high school science class to duct tape together a remote toy car with a go-pro camera and run it through our drainage system (if that’s all you can afford). Do you have any reconnaissance on the pipes in our neighborhood? I’ll bet not. Are they full of crud? (probably). Are they caved in? (partly) Are they totally outdated? (positively). Or is that classified? (for sure)
I’ll ring in my 70th birthday in a few months while I continue to work on my depressing “flood house.” I liked my little house before the catastrophe, it was paid for and I was proud of it. Very sadly, that’s all changed. And, remember our “so-called” Levee Improvement District (LID2) stated: “our levee system worked perfectly, water should not have gone into any houses in LID2.” But, the City Of Sugar Land “screwed the pooch.” The drainage pipes have to work as well as the levees do. Right guys?
Are my immediate neighbors all comfy cozy that the city is working on this problem in LID2? No, I promise they’re not. And, I’m still looking for those digging machines (or at least a high school kid with a model car and a camera). What’s it gonna be Sugar Land? I’ll keep being pissed off, I’ve got absolutely nothing to lose (literally).
Yours so very friggin truly,
Linden Hudson (flood house owner)