Brenda Batista, a resident in the Tahitian Village community in Central Texas, is wading through her second home flooding in a year’s time. Her house was hit hard by heavy rains earlier this week, when a waterway overflowed and flooded her street.
The water reached shoulder height, causing internal and external damage to Batista’s home and outbuildings. Brenda’s husband was out of town when the flood waters peaked and rushed into the house around 1:30am. Brenda and her 17-year-old daughter worked to push water and soaked furniture out of their house.
Unfortunately, the Batista home was flooded during this same time last year. “Memorial Day weekend is definitely memorable for us,” Brenda said. “Last year, we had about six inches of water in our home over the holiday weekend. This year, we have twice as much. All of our flooring, carpet and furniture need to be replaced again.”
Red Cross workers have begun to assess the damage to Brenda’s house, as well as many others in her neighborhood.
Red Cross wants to remind you to wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots, when coming into contact with flood water. Last year, Brenda waded through the stagnant waters and contracted an infection that lasted for more than a month. Public Health officials reinforce that it is a bad idea to swim or play in flood waters, as they can be contaminated with bacteria and toxins from the environment. It is also advisable to throw out all food, beverages and medicine exposed to flood waters and mud, including canned goods and food/beverages in sealed containers. Get rid of other items that absorb water and cannot be cleaned or disinfected, such as mattresses, carpeting, cosmetics, stuffed animals and baby toys. Clean flooring, countertops and appliances with hot water and soap or detergent.