What Katy Areas Flooded After Hurricane Harvey?
While flood zones are typically rated as 100-year or 500-year, Hurricane Harvey is being described as a an unprecedented, 1,000 year event (read more)! This means that homes that flooded during that once-in-a-life time weather event may never flood again. So let’s keep our wits about us. Investors (who are keeping their wits about them) are flocking to the area to buy homes that others won’t consider…because they know that a home that flooded during Harvey is not an indication of future flooding.
For the most part, with few exceptions, Katy neighborhoods are located in a 500-year floodplain which means that they have 0.2 percent risk for flooding each year…less than 1%!
During Hurricane Harvey, two unprecedented, never-before things occurred that caused a few homes in Katy to flood…homes located mostly around the Barker Reservoir:
- Harvey dropped a record-breaking amount of rain in the Houston region…over 50 inches (“only” 31 inches in Katy).
- The amount of rain that fell cause the Addicks-Barker Reservoirs to Overfill
In Katy, this mainly impacted homes located on the far southeast-side of Katy including some (but not all) homes in these neighborhoods:
- CANYON GATE – all sections
- CINCO RANCH – following sections: Bayou Park Estates, Cinco Forest, Equestrian Village, Fountain View, Greenway Village, Institutional Core, Southpark Meadow Place, North Lake Village, Plaza Subdivision, West Section 7, Willow Fork
- GRAND LAKES – all sections
- KELLIWOOD – following sections: Courts, Fairways, Greens, Links, Park, Pointe Terrace
- RICEFIELD VILLAGE
- WILLOW FORK – Greens, Section 1
Again…not all the homes in these neighborhoods flooded! The water got high and some of the roads were flooded for a few days, but this was an unprecedented weather event which is very unlikely to ever occur again.
With that in mind, I will say that it will be very important for home buyers to watch out for repaired homes and to make sure they have been repaired properly. And I will also say that there are areas in Houston that are prone to flooding, year after year, and you need to have a local Realtor who knows how to check the flood maps and filter out those areas from your search…like me!
And finally, as a resident of the Gulf Coast, you should know that hundreds of homes in the Houston area that are not in flood zones and had never flooded before during any other flood or hurricane event, did flood during Harvey. So that means…you never know for sure and you had better carry Flood Insurance on your home at all times! In my opinion, a $400/yr flood insurance policy is worth the peace of mind you have from knowing you won’t be financially devastated if a storm sits on top of your neighborhood and drops 50 inches of rain! I don’t know of any areas in the country that can handle that much water…do you?
- As Harvey Raged, Meteorologists Grasped for Words to Describe It
- How the Barker and Addicks Dams Work
- Flooding Impacts in Connection with the Reservoirs
- NASA video shows Harvey’s 1,000-year flood event over Texas