It might not be the most obvious solution, but using water to fend off more water worked for one family during the Texas floods last week.
In preparation for the torrential rains, Randy Wagner of Rosharon, Texas, purchased an Aqua dam, a system of tubes that are filled with water to serve as one giant sandbag.
The 400-foot tube wrapped around his home and kept the 27-inch flood water at bay, leaving Wagner singing its praises while thanking God.
The Brazos River Authority issued a flood warning and Wagner knew he had to take drastic measures after the thought of his family being relocated was 'heartbreaking'.
An internet search led him to Aqua Dams, and he drove to Louisiana to purchase one measuring 400 feet long and 30 inches high.
With the help of two others, Wagner filled up two watertight tubes held together inside a woven polypropylene tube, which conforms to the ground and creates a seal that prevents leaks.
The weight of the water inside the tubes kept the barrier firmly in place as the flood water eventually rose to more than two feet tall.
Many families in Brazoria County faced mandatory evacuations, but Wagner and his family remained dry.
'I was the crazy guy. Everybody was kinda going by, laughing at me. But today they are really impressed with this Aqua Dam,' Wagner told KENS5.
While he dished out $8,300 for the contraption he found online, he called it a 'small investment' when he could have sustained about $150,000 in damages.
He sang its praises, and suggested emergency management could also utilize the Aqua dam in the future.
Read more: Texas man uses a dam filled with WATER to keep his house dry during flood | Daily Mail Online
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