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Former Tucsonan living in West Houston shares experience evacuating home due to flood concerns

Posted at 6:14 PM, Aug 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-29 21:15:22-04

A Tucsonan moved to Katy, Texas a couple of years ago and had to evacuate Monday night due to flooding concerns.

Jessica Buckner says she is now staying at a friend of a friend's house in West Houston. 

"Yesterday around 5 p.m. I get a knock on the door from our neighbor saying that we have an email to evacuate because they have to release more water and at this point, it is going to flood the apartments," she said. 

Buckner says Barker Reservoir is near her home and officials were planning to intentionally release water through the neighborhood to reduce flooding.

She says in a split second she packed a suitcase and hopped in a car with her 5-year-old daughter and some other evacuees.  

"I had to do some unorthodox driving," she explained. "Driving up a ramp the wrong way, you have to get around... you don't know how deep the water is and it is quick."

She says in nearby areas water was so high she couldn't see roofs to homes.

"One street they had to have boats," she said. "l saw boats, I saw rafts, canoes, helicopters everything for that street. On the other street where we can enter and exit there was water built up but it wasn't a ton of water so we were able to take that street out."

Buckner says now it's a waiting game to find out when she will be able to go home, but her suitcase is packed if she has to evacuate again.