What it's like living a day in the life of a flooded family

By Leigh Frillici - Reporter

HOUSTON - When Harvey brought 7 feet of water to the Shoffner home near Cypress Creek, it brought stress and upheaval to their lives.

They had flooded on Tax Day 2016, too, and had only been in their newly remodeled home for a couple of months when Harvey hit.

They had poured $170,000 into the remodeling, borrowing against Christy’s 401(k). Harvey washed all of their hard work away and they did not have the resources to remodel again.

They also felt it wasn’t worth it; it would only flood again. Their best hope is a buyout.

After the flood, the Shoffners say rental properties started hiking their rates up. The best rent they could find was in The Woodlands. Now they border on sheer exhaustion trying to make their lives work from The Woodlands.

Here’s a day in the life of the Shoffner family:

5:30 a.m.: They are up and getting ready for their day.

6:30 a.m.: Christy and her daughter have to leave the house and head to Tomball for school.

7:45 a.m.: The bell rings – if they’re late, her daughter will get a demerit.

8 a.m.: Christy is driving to her first client anywhere in the Houston area. She’s a sales rep. She usually drives 130 miles in a day just for work.

6:30 p.m.: Christy or her husband picks up their daughter.

7 p.m.: On the days they need to, they check on their flooded home.

8:30 p.m.: They eat dinner.

9:30 p.m.: They start homework time.

11 p.m.: Christy and her husband are back on their computers doing work and going through the reams of paperwork that come with a flooded home.

1-2 a.m.: Bed time.

5:30 a.m.: It all starts again.

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