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What to Do if You’re a Houston Flood Victim


After a week of unrelenting rain during the end of May, flash flooding wreaked havoc across large swaths of the Gulf Coast area, leading Texas Governor Greg Abbott to declare 37 counties as disaster areas. The flooding had particularly devastating effects in the Houston area, where homes, roads, vehicles, and other property were washed away.Across Texas and Oklahoma, the flash flooding had a death toll of 28, including 7 people in Harris County (where Houston is situated).

Houston is no stranger to flooding. During the 20th century, the Harris County Flood Control District shows three dozen floods of note. Although Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 was exponentially worse, this Memorial Weekend’s flooding is considered historic. Early estimates showed that some 4,000 homes reported damage, while approximately 2,500 cars were abandoned.

Numerous flood control projects have been completed or are in progress across Houston, including an investment of more than half a billion dollars in the Buffalo Bayou alone during the past decade. Nevertheless, the nation’s fourth-largest city remains particularly vulnerable to flash flooding due to its heavy rainfall, low and flat topography, dense soils with a shallow clay layer, and its recent population boom. Hundreds of miles of pavement for new roads and parking lots that prevent absorption of water into the ground have offset the benefits of flood control initiatives. As this is being written, Tropical Storm Bill, which was downgraded to a tropical depression, has made landfall along the Texas cost of the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to bring heavy rain to much of South and Central Texas during the next few days, including Houston.

What can residents of Houston and other flood-affected areas do when disaster strikes? An important aspect of a home insurance policy is coverage for additional living expenses, also known as ALE. The most important expense covered under ALE is temporary housing for residents forced to relocate due to water damage to their home or apartment. More information about water-damage insurance claims in Texas can be found here.

Most homeowners forced to abandon their homes end up staying in hotel rooms, which are either expensive, feel sterile and unwelcoming, lack space, do not have a kitchen, or all of the above. For extended stays, Kozi Corporate Housing provides a great alternative to staying at hotels.

While you are waiting for your home to be repaired, enjoy the feeling of a home away from home in a comfortable, top-quality, fully-furnished apartment or condo featuring great amenities. We have properties located in highly convenient areas across every major city in Texas. Whether you need a short-term or long-term stay, we have your needs covered. You’ll have a comfortable, relaxing place to call your temporary home, and you won’t have to deal with any of the expense and hassle of signing a typical short-term or longer-term lease. Our furnished apartments and condos typically include 1-2 bedrooms, a living room, dining area, kitchen, linens, housewares and cookware, a washer and dryer, wireless internet, cable TV, and parking.

Visit our website to learn more about our properties, check availability of our apartments, and see why Kozi Corporate Housing should be your furnished apartment provider of choice. When you contact us, we will respond to provide the professional, courteous service that you deserve and ensure that your needs are met.

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