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Man surrounds home with AquaDam to save it from flooding

The AquaDam surrounds Randy Wagner's home as floodwaters continue to rise.
The AquaDam surrounds Randy Wagner's home as floodwaters continue to rise. Photo

This is something we can all relate to in the (occasional) floodlands.

Randy Wagner, a homeowner in Brazoria County south of Houston, was in danger of being flooded out of his home during torrential rains in Texas last week. But rather than sit back and watch his home go under, he was determined to do something to save it.

He got on the internet and came across something called an AquaDam. He and a couple of buddies filled up 400 feet of 30-inch high tubes made of plastic and fabric and wrapped the contraption around his house, according to KHOU.com.

His neighbors thought he was crazy, he told the station.

While the waters rose around him, he and his family waited. And waited. The water rose to 27 inches, according to KHOU.com, but never made it past the portable barriers. The house was unscathed.

Who’s laughing now?

“$8,300 is to me a small investment on a house that could have two feet of water in it and cost me $150,000 in repairs,” Wagner told the station.

Hard to argue with that. Read more here.

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