As record-breaking storms swept across Brazoria County, Texas, in mid-2016, area local Randy Wagner gazed through the windows of his house. The merciless waters were rising and rising – eventually extending well over two feet – felling trees atop houses and causing major havoc. Would Wagner’s home be flooded, destroying his valuables or, worse yet, harming loved ones?
Wagner, a family man, lives in Rosharon in Texas – also known as “Buttermilk Station.” Its population is just 1,152, and it is seemingly tight-knit as far as communities go. It’s the sort of locale in which everyone knows their neighbors and neighbors know everybody’s business.