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What Katy Homeowners Need To Know After Harvey

Post-Harvey Info for Katy Homeowners

Post-Harvey Information for Katy Homeowners

If you are wondering how Hurricane Harvey will impact the local Katy real estate market, or you’re looking for information about FEMA, you’ve come to the right place! As your Katy real estate agent, I’d like to share some helpful information with you, and provide you with links where you can learn more.

Harvey is not the first hurricane to reach the shores of Texas, and history shows that home sales will likely decline in the months following a hurricane, but then will rise a year from now. (The same is true for jobs in the area.) If your home was under contract before the hurricane, it will likely need another inspection prior to closing.

Because inventory will decline for a time, it may put pressure on existing listings and rentals, and rents and prices may rise. However, inventory could also soon increase from homeowners who wouldn’t have sold otherwise, but who are now ready to move away from hurricane territory. Homeowners may also buy second homes they wouldn’t have normally bought, in order to have somewhere to live while their current homes are repaired.

Local economist Ted Jones shared an informative summary on how hurricanes affect housing markets, with graphs from past hurricanes to back him up. You can check out these white pages here.

If you are interested in learning about the FEMA Home Buyout Program, you can learn more in this informative article from Harris County Flood Control District. They explain why the process takes so long, and they state that they will most likely begin making offers on properties they would like to buy within the next four months. If interested, you can register to request to be bought out if you were flooded from Harvey. Someone will call you within 24 hours to discuss.

In order to be considered, your home needs to be located deep within a mapped floodplain and subject to repetitive flooding. HCFCD purchases complete swaths or tracks of homes in floodplains and turns them into a drainage facility or pond, or a natural preserve, to prevent homes in these areas from being flooded again in the future.

Other helpful websites to know about include the Harris County Flood Warning System, where you can view rainfall amounts from rain gauges throughout Harris County and see how much rain typically falls in your area, and how close the nearest watershed is to you. This can help you plan for your future.

This Harris County Flood Education Mapping Tool allows you to view floodways from a map and to see if your property is currently in a 100-year or 500-year floodplain. This is great if you are planning to relocate in the Katy area, but would first like to see where watersheds are located near potential properties, and where the nearest floodways are located, which are the main corridors that water will travel down and will be most heavily impacted by flooding.

If you have questions about any of this, feel free to contact me, your Katy real estate agent, and I can either answer them or point you in the direction of someone who can.

If you’d like to buy or sell in the Katy real estate market this fall, contact me! Even with Harvey issues to deal with, activity in the market never ends. Contact me, and let’s discuss your home-buying or home-selling options right now!

Mickie Cioccia
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How to Help Flood Victims in Katy, TX

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Photo credit: Sean Dolan, www.coveringkaty.com

Hurricane Harvey blew through Katy, TX and the greater Houston area this week, causing devastating flooding, deaths, injuries and damage to the area. My heart goes out to all affected victims.

Within the City of Katy, water coated parts of Highway 90 and flooded local homes and businesses. There are still several locations along the Katy Freeway that have high water. As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to help fill you in on what you need to know as the rescue stage slowly evolves into the recovery stage.

Mayor Chuck Brawner shared information on debris removal for Katy homeowners. As soon as the water resides, here are the debris removal guidelines for homeowners within the City of Katy:

  • Do not place debris near or on trees, poles or other structures. This makes removal difficult. Keep away from fire hydrants and meters.
  • Separate debris into six categories: Electronics, large appliances, hazardous waste, vegetative debris, construction debris and household garbage.
  • Place debris at curbside but do not block roadway with it. It will not be picked up if these guidelines are not met.

Here is a helpful chart:


You can also view this chart and Mayor Brawner’s video here.

If you need shelter, there are 62 total shelters across Harris County, with an estimated total of 12,700 individuals using these facilities. A list of currently open facilities can be found at www.readyharris.org.

If you’d like to volunteer, call the American Red Cross at 866-526-8300, Volunteer Houston at 281-656-1533, or visit Texas Gulf Coast VOAD at www.txgulfcoastvoad.org. If you have boats or working vehicles, the City of Katy is asking that you help nearby neighbors if you can safely do so.

If you’d like to donate food or belongings to families in need, bring donations to CrossPoint Community Church at 700 Westgreen Boulevard in Katy, or to The Fellowship at 22765 Westheimber Parkway in Katy.

The outpouring of love and support has been amazing for the entire Houston area! Let’s keep it up and help our neighbors as much as we can through this troubling time. Thank you to all of the rescue efforts that we have seen over the past few days, from local police forces to residents with boats, rafts, etc., who gave their part to help in the rescue efforts.

Stay strong, Katy! We will get through this together.

Mickie Cioccia
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Katy is a city located in Harris, Fort Bend and Waller Counties in the U.S. state of Texas, within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area. The population was 11,775 at the 2000 census.

Katy, suburb of Houston, Texas, is named for the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (commonly referred to as the "K-T Railroad", now a part of Union Pacific) that ran through Katy in the 19th century. Katy was once known as Cane Island. The name is derived from Cane Island Creek which runs just west of downtown. Cane Creek is a branch of Buffalo Bayou. The origins of the name Cane Island are believed to be from the fact that Katy was once a major sugar cane producer and rice producer. To commermorate the importance of rice to the Katy community, the Chamber of Commerce holds the Rice Harvest Festival every second weekend of October.

Katy was recently the location of one of the ten large red balloons in the DARPA Network Challenge on December 5, 2009. The balloon was stationed in Katy Park.

In 2009 the Gadberry Group named Katy as one of nine "9 from 2009" most notable high growth areas in the United States.
After a low income apartment complex was proposed for development in an adjacent unincorporated area, in 2010 the Katy City Council passed a resolution stating that the development would decrease property values.[5] The plans for the complex were canceled.