In the wake of Hurricane Irma residents are being forced to evacuate their homes for weeks to maybe even months in order to escape the dangers of the largest category-5-hurricane ever to be recorded in satellite history.
Last year, when The Brazos River of Rosharon, Texas issued a flood warning, thousands evacuated their homes, except one daring family who took a risk that saved them nearly $150,000 in home repairs.
Randy Wagner of Rosharon, Texas knew the pouring rainfalls were headed his way, so he took to the internet and found what he calls a “miracle”. The AquaDam was advertised on a website, and posed as a smart technique to Wagner who was hopeful that this would prevent him from evacuating his family, a process he thought would be “heartbreaking”.
Wagner drove to Louisiana, and spooned out $8,300 to purchase the 400ft long, 30 inches high plastic dam. It took him and a few friends to fill the AquaDam with water around his property. He used water to fend off more water, and the dam didn’t see much water seep through. For the small leaking areas, Wagner placed sand bags against the dam.
“I was the crazy guy. Everybody was kinda going by, laughing at me. but today they are really impressed with this AquaDam,” says Wagner. This technique left Wagner thanking God, because it was a huge success in saving him thousands and thousands of repair costs.
And now, people are turning to the Aqua Dam yet again, this time to try and protect their homes from the flooding caused by the most recent hurricanes.
According to CNBC, local and state officials are also latching on to the idea of the AquaDam. The Texas Department of Transportation purchased seven miles of AquaDam for $1.2 million. In order to secure passage for emergency vehicles on Houston’s flooded Interstate 10, they used part of the AquaDam to help redirect flood water.
With Hurricane Irma making it’s way through the Eastern Atlantic, some Floridians have also turned to the AquaDam to help protect their homes from damages. The cost of the AquaDam is nothing compared to the damage it can prevent.