Phillips Place Floods

Saturday May 28, 2016 our home flooded.

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“Precipitation ranking May 2015 – April 2016. Wettest on record is 121, second wettest on record is 120 and so on.” (NOAA/NCE)

For the last twelve months we’ve had the wettest season on record. One day in April we had 12 to 14 inches of rain in my area within 11 hours! Thursday May 26, 2016, Brenham, Texas a town north of us received 18 inches of rain. Friday May 27, 2016 more rain. The Brazos River was already high due to rain in April.

Saturday May 28, 2016 at 5:45 AM, I woke up hearing my phone ringing. I had an awful feeling something was wrong and noticed the person calling me was Ana my neighbor, she lives across the street from us; as I was returning her call I looked out my kitchen window and I was shock to see we were surrounded by water! This was nothing like last month! I could not see the road or the yard! I immediately woke up Dale. He and my neighbors’ husband at this time were trying to save their trucks and move them to higher ground. The water was about 2 feet high and was rising. We both knew we were going to have to evacuate. Dale called John, a friend who lives in our neighborhood, who owns a boat and I called my daughter to let her know what was going on. Within an hour or so John arrived to rescue us. John’s boat could only take three people at a time. Ana, her daughter and myself went first. John later went back for Dale and Jeff, Ana’s husband and Louie the cat.

I want to share how emotionally weird stuff goes through your mind. First of all the disbelief by surrounding water. I remember when we were on the boat riding up the road how serene it felt, it was like we were sightseeing in the jungle and it was very quiet. Once we turned up the main road my mind comprehending all the other homes surrounded by water. Mind boggling! The boat got to a point it could not go further, we had to get off the boat and walk the rest of the way to the end of the street. I could see fire ants floating in the water and spiders. We were warned to watch out for snakes. The smell of fuel in the water was strong. Finally at the end of the street waiting for me was my beautiful daughter Irene. I wanted to break down and cry but I would not, at least not yet!

After we and others were rescued, the water continued to rise 3 or more feet. By Two o’clock pm most of the homes in Lazy River subdivision had water in their homes. Our home got three inches of water and both cars were flooded.

Picture taken while on rescue boat.

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It was 9:30 AM when we were all in my daughter’s fiancé truck, safe and sound driving away from our flooded area. What seems like an eternity, happen within four hours!

Picture taken after water receded 18 inches.

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Please pray for everyone being affected by these historical Texas floods.

Isa 61:3 To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory.  

Author: Elizabeth Phillips

Life style blogger. Wife to Dale Phillips, Mother to two daughters Irene and Mary and a grandmother of four. Love photography and all forms of art. Love reading books, magazines and studying the bible. My guilty pleasure is eating chocolate ice cream. My favorite foods, cheese burgers and love grill chicken! My all time favorite is enjoying a cup of coffee with a friend. Good conversations happen when drinking coffee together! Most of all I love hanging out with my husband he is the coolest guy I know.

10 thoughts on “Phillips Place Floods”

  1. Oh my. Thank God you got out safely. I don’t suppose you have federal flood insurance? Is your home ruined? My place flooded 14″ after Hurricane Irene, almost five years ago. I learned a lot about flood clean up from FEMA and Red Cross sites on the internet. Lots of bleach and power washing everything. Of course a lot was ruined. I feel for you. It was a year before I got somewhat back to normal.

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  2. I am so sorry to read this! It has to be completely devastating. We are also in Texas, and I cannot believe all the rain we’ve gotten. Our yard has been a swamp since September, it hasn’t dried out enough to cut the grass. Thank goodness you and your family are safe and made it out, and I hope that you are able to salvage your home and all the hard work you have put into it.

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  3. you have both of each other, i can move mountains with my partner. as you all will, 20 years from now you’ll look in each other’s eyes and know the journey was fruitful.

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  4. Dear Elizabeth,
    I am so sorry to read your news…this is indeed a setback in your plans. But please be assured that you will get through this and come through stronger and with even more resilience. My family lived right where hurricane Katrina passed through, and it seemed like things would never get better. But it did, and here we are, stronger than ever. Thank you for that spiritual thought; today hubs and I had a bible study about enduring trials and how our endurance can bring out wonderful qualities in us we didn’t know we could muster. I can tell you and your hubby will be an even more amazing team when you strap your tools back on. Sending hugs and best wishes. James 1:2-4

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