Family uses unique system to protect Texas home from flooding

HOUSTON(KPRC) -- One Houston family is determined to keep the water out of its home, considering that the house has flooded twice before.

So the family decided to plastic-wrap the home and use 18,000 pounds of sand in hopes of keeping the water at bay.

"I just want to prevent it if I can," homeowner Kristin Massey said. "Our home had never flooded in 60 years, but it's flooded twice in the last two years, and I just don't want to go through it again."

It was the pain of having to replace brand-new flooring and then losing almost everything in her one-story, 4,000-square-foot home. So, instead of leaving things to chance, her family members took matters into their own hands.

"I brought in 18,000 of bags -- I probably could have used 30," Massey said.

You could not get through the front door if you tried. It's blocked.

"Our second line of defense is this liner, and we're expecting this Gorilla Tape to keep it secure. We're expecting it to be really strong," said Massey.

She also extended her gutters, also securing them with Gorilla Tape.

"(It's) just an experiment," she said. "I don't know if it's going to work, but I'm hoping it works. If it does, I'll do it again."