Conroe neighborhoods hit hard by Sept. 19 floods struggle to recover

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In the wake of Tropical Depression Imelda that hit southeast Texas Sept. 19, most flood waters had receded from Conroe by the following day.

But some subdivisions, particularly in east Conroe, are struggling to recover after taking on as much as 4 feet of water, residents say.

Ladera Creek

On Sept. 20 in Ladera Creek, a new subdivision in east Conroe, residents were removing carpet, sheetrock and baseboards from flood-damaged homes.

The neighborhood did not flood during Hurricane Harvey, but one resident’s mother said she estimates 18 homes flooded Sept. 19.

Resident Santos Canales said his home did not flood, but he watched with unease as waters rose and entered his neighbors’ homes.

Flood levels reached about 4 feet. (via Martiza Canales)

“We had about 4 feet of water out here,” one resident said. “We were sweeping water out.”

Trinity Park

Residents of Trinity Park said they need help cleaning and restoring their flooded neighborhood. (via Eva Vigh, Community Impact Newspaper)

Residents of Trinity Park, a mobile home park in east Conroe, said they feel the city is not doing enough to help mitigate flooding in the neighborhood, which also flooded during Harvey and the Memorial Day floods.

Residents said flood waters started receding late afternoon Sept. 19, but now the community is left with trash, debris and damaged homes.

Jessica Ayala, who lives in Trinity Park, said she had to wade through knee-deep waters while carrying her baby to seek shelter at a relative’s house.

On Sept. 20, a crew was outside repairing her home, but debris remained.

“[We need] more help with cleaning,” she said. “The water left, the trash is here.”

Once flood waters receded, trash and debris remained at Trinity Park. (via Eva Vigh, Community Impact Newspaper)

Ericka Castro, who has lived in Trinity Park for three years, said the neighborhood needs help with repairs and cleaning.

“The landlord should be coming,” she said. “They don’t come, … so we have to do all the clean up. All our trash cans are in the creek.”

Castro said water got up to her porch steps but did not enter her home. However, bottom portions of her home had been swept away in the flood.

“It got all the way up to the porch,” she said. “It got really bad.”

About 3 feet of water flooded Trinity Park Sept. 19. (via Ericka Castro)

Deer Trails II

One resident estimates a dozen homes flooded. (via Sunny Conti)

Sunny Conti, a resident of the Deer Trail II subdivision, said in an email about a dozen homes flooded.

“Our neighborhood has rallied together to help them clean up immediately after water went down and to make sure they are fed,” she said.

River Plantation

Resident David Womack snapped this photo of Stephen F Austin Drive in the River Plantation subdivision. (via David Womack)

The River Plantation subdivision has historically been prone to flooding. During Hurricane Harvey, some homes received 12-14 feet of water while other were were swept off their foundations, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported.

On Sept. 20, it was not clear if any homes had been majorly damaged. However, one resident, Amy Aguilar, said in an email her front and backyard flooded but water did not get inside her house.

Was your home or neighborhood affected by Tropical Depression Imelda? Send us an email at commnews@communityimpact.com.

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  1. Kevin Gregston

    Southern Oaks got hit bad too. My mother in law lost everything. She’s never flooded like this.

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Eva Vigh
Eva Vigh joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 as a reporter for Spring and Klein. Prior to this position, she covered upstream oil and gas news for a drilling contractors' association.
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