An open letter to the City of Sugar Land:
Here’s what your drainage imbalance has caused me:
1) Lowered home value, this is now a flood home. This is the worst part of the situation. I’m semi-retired, most of my income is from Social Security; my home was part of my savings. That value is much lower when you consider most of Sugar Land did not flood. Yes, now my home is a flood home. Just two or three years ago in another storm, at 2 a.m., water was up to my door (there is a problem and you know it, you knew it then, right?). Flood insurance would not help the label “flood home” with respect to my home. Do you feel me?
2) Agony. Depression. Anger. I’m sleeping in a total wreck with debris and sheetrock dust everywhere. I’m coughing. I’m depressed. I can’t sleep. And I don’t want church people in my house working on it (no offence intended). I’ll do this crap myself. Wonderful deal. What a life here in Sugar Land.
3) Lost time (and money), I had no flood insurance (sadly, no lectures please). As I said, I’m doing most of the work myself, and paying my son to help me part time. I buying materials and drive my car back and forth for the materials. I’m now a sheetrock slave.
I talked to a random cop today (Sept. 12) at Chick Fil-A, I asked “where was the worst flooding in Sugar Land?” He answered “Settlers Way area” (oops, I already knew that, I live there, we have small houses, less money).
Why was there a failure of storm water drainage on my street and area? Huh? Some of us think logically and a light bulb comes on right away and says “something didn’t work!” Right? You bet. I saw an excerpt from a recent LID meeting (someone sent me) that the head “answer boy” said, “Our LID worked as designed and it worked perfectly, no hitches or issues arose.” (What?, what was he smoking?) I also noticed in that meeting an attempt to blame slab height (oh, that’s the owners fault, no one with Sugar Land ever knocked on the door about that problem, I should have measured the slab before I bought this house, silly me).
Let’s get back to planet earth: Was there a design problem? Was there a maintenance problem? You can bet it was one of those, and I will bet you guys know exactly what happened. I’ve already heard rumors from certain folks about a city engineer who has stated to a certain someone that “something didn’t work.”
Here’s what I want: A full set of drainage diagrams for my area. I want an explanation of what failed from an engineer (not an “answer boy”). Don’t feed me any BS. I’m going to keep the news media fully informed on this matter. Their news load is heavy at this moment with bigger problems in the big “H,” but one day in the near future they’ll have a slow news day and this Sugar Land matter will get mentioned. Don’t ask me to come to any meetings; I don’t need fluff, no prepared answers, or BS. I’m mad and getting madder. Don’t come visit me, I don’t trust you. Just send me info about specifics. Again, give me engineering answers, not BS from anyone else. Also, no condolences, no “we’re so sorry” BS. That really is a depressing form of BS. Caring about people doesn’t come from words; it comes from actions.
Do the right thing for all involved (or could go south for you). I’m 69 years old. I don’t need this kind of lazy city maintenance crap in my life. And, no need to say your system worked perfectly at your LID meetings, because that’s a joke. This isn’t New Orleans (they have seven pumps, but only two work). This is friggin’ Sugar Land, stuff is supposed to work. But maybe it doesn’t? And, when it doesn’t I’ll tell the world (over and over again).
With anger that I must write this note,
Sugar (Flood) Land