'Fighting water with water': Aqua dam saves Rosenberg home from flooding

Rosenberg couple buys Aqua Dam to save home from floods

ROSENBERG, Texas – A Rosenberg couple saved their home and possessions during catastrophic flooding by using a series of connected portable tubes and pumps known as an Aqua Dam.

Randy and Jennifer Socha's home suffered extensive flooding last year, and as Hurricane Harvey approached, the couple knew they had to make a quick decision to save their home.  

They called the Aqua Dam company and had the dam delivered from Louisiana within hours.

Socha installed the portable dam on Sunday and it held as waters continued to rise rapidly.

The Aqua Dam has watertight inner and outer tubes made of strong fabric. The tubes fill up with on-site water that needs to be pumped out.

Randy Socha said he and his wife pumped water out for three to four days as flooding continued, but the hard work was worth it in the end.

Socha told Click2Houston.com the process was like "fighting water with water."

The dam the couple purchased was 3 feet high and 380 feet long and surrounded their home.


It cost them $18,000, but Socha said they spent $150,000 to remodel after last year's floods. 

Socha told Click2Houston.com that despite the high cost, it was ultimately worth it to save their home from the floods that ravaged the Houston area. 

Take a look at some more pics of the Aqua Dam below: 

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RJ Marquez has been at KSAT since 2010. He's covered a variety of stories and events across the San Antonio area, and is the lead reporter for KSAT Explains. He also covers the Spurs for on-air and digital platforms. You can see RJ regularly on KSAT Explains and Good Morning San Antonio. He also writes a weekly Spurs newsletter.