The Tuckers thought they were prepared.
The couple knew they lived in a flood-prone area: the Meyerland neighborhood, near Brays Bayou. That’s why, when they built their two-story brick home 27 years ago, they elevated it 3 feet, higher than the 100-year flood plain, and invested in a generator they placed even higher in the backyard.
It didn’t flood during tropical storms or even Hurricane Ike in 2008.
“We always thought, boy, were we smart to build the house up,” said Jeff Tucker, a 68-year-old retired corporate lawyer.
But Tuesday, an overnight storm sent a foot of water gushing into their home. Family photos, Persian rugs, their new...