'Fighting water with water': Portable dam saves Texas home from flooding

Rosenberg couple buys Aqua Dam to save home from floods


ROSENBERG, Texas – A Texas couple saved their home and possessions during catastrophic flooding by using a series of connected portable tubes and pumps known as an Aqua Dam.

Randy and Jennifer Socha's Rosenberg home, located just outside Houston, suffered extensive flooding last year, and as Hurricane Harvey approached, the couple knew they had to make a quick decision to save their home.  

They called the Aqua Dam company and had the dam delivered from Louisiana within hours.

Socha installed the portable dam on Sunday and it held as waters continued to rise rapidly.

The Aqua Dam has watertight inner and outer tubes made of strong fabric. The tubes fill up with on-site water that needs to be pumped out.

Randy Socha said he and his wife pumped water out for three to four days as flooding continued, but the hard work was worth it in the end.

Socha told Click2Houston.com the process was like "fighting water with water."

The dam the couple purchased was 3 feet high and 380 feet long and surrounded their home.

It cost them $18,000, but Socha said they spent $150,000 to remodel after last year's floods. 

Socha told Click2Houston.com that despite the high cost, it was ultimately worth it to save their home from the floods that ravaged the Houston area.

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