The lives of Jimmy and Tiffany Bishop, and their children, Jacob and Joshua, were drastically changed. The Bishops had to escape their home in the Bay Colony Pointe neighborhood as almost a foot of water swept into it during Hurricane Harvey. Every day since has been a journey to normality, the Bishops said.

The week after the hurricane, the Bishops stayed with friends until moving into Tiffany’s parents’ house in Houston. After having many discussions about their options, Jimmy and Tiffany decided to renovate their home of 15 years.

After nine months of tight living, the Bishop family has moved back into their League City home.

“We were so naive coming into this,” Jimmy said. “I had no idea this would take almost a year to complete.”

The Bishops officially began rebuilding their home in September; however, they could not continue renovations until their roof was mended from the wind during Hurricane Harvey.

“Dealing with our windstorm insurance was the biggest headache,” Tiffany said.

The Bishops said it took months for the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association to process their claim.

“They said we didn’t have enough damage to make a claim,” Tiffany said. “But we fought them and found a third party to represent us before they sent us any money.”

The association paid $17,000 for the Bishops’ roof and the Federal Emergency Management Agency provided $12,000 for general repairs, the Bishops said. The family also had to take a 30-year, $100,000 small-business loan to continue renovations, however.

“We just wanted it done,” Jimmy said. “We would rather pay that back slowly than pay for everything out of pocket and be out of our house longer.”

The Bishops felt fortunate to have the opportunity to take the loan and get back into their house more quickly, they said.

“There are so many people doing this themselves that aren’t even close to getting back,” Jimmy said. “We are very lucky.”

Although living after a hurricane is difficult, the Bishops found glimpses of an upside to their situation.

Learning to live flexibly, waking up earlier and dealing with change were some of the things all four family members were able to achieve from their time renovating their home.

Living with Tiffany’s parents also gave the Bishops the chance to get closer as a family.

“Jacob and Joshua were able to get closer to their grandparents,” Tiffany said. “They also got along way more than I thought they would.”

Jimmy is wary of any future flooding with more housing being developed and not enough drainage to accompany the changes, he said. But the Bishops don’t want to dwell on future threats or past problems.

The four have plans to continue working on their home, to spend time with friends and family and to prepare for the school year ahead. They will be ready for whatever comes their way, they said.

“We know so much more about ourselves now,” Jimmy said. “We are smarter, more experienced, we know how to get through this.”

Kelsey Walling: 817-690-3093; 409-683-5235; kelsey.walling@galvnews.com



Kelsey joined The Daily News in 2017.

(2) comments

MeinG MeinG

Really, this made the front page.....”almost a foot of water”???

Angelica Rendon

Cindy have a heart. I live in Dickinson and had 3 feet of water in my home. Me, my husband and three kids were all home watching the Mayweather McGregor spectacle. It wasn’t until we were all floating on my brand new leather couches that I’m still paying for on my Macy’s account, that we finally decided we had to leave. My husband went next door to get our elderly neighbor, his son, and his 4 young great granddaughters, the youngest of which was 6 months, old out of their home. We waded through chest deep water in the darkness to our generous and selfless neighbors home. Connie and Janice were the only ones in the neighborhood that had an elevated home. They welcomed at least 10 households, totaling about 20 adults and 30 children aged 16 yrs to 6 months, and 4 dogs. These ladies hadn’t even met half of the neighbors they welcomed into their home for shelter and they turned no one away. Those ladies were true angels on earth that night. Slowly as the morning turned into afternoon each family made their way out with the help of friends and complete strangers just willing to help and rescue with kayaks, rafts, and small boats. My family split up. My husband took our 2 yr old daughter and 11 yr old son with him while I went with my 14 yr old in another direction with friends. It was his first week of Freshman year and now all his clothes and shoes were lost. That’s traumatizing to a teenager. On the way to dry land we saw my son’s friend being rescued via helicopter from his roof. We stayed with friends that navigated all around town from La Marque just to find a dry route to come get us for about a week. I finally returned to my completely renovated home in June. It’s been a rough and stressful year and I swear I’ve aged ten years since Harvey hit. About half of my neighbors are back home. My elderly neighbor Mr. Waits has since passed away, actually on the first weekend we returned home. I can detail so much more. I really have a front page story, shoot a Lifetime movie even. But that doesn’t make any one else’s story less important. Harvey impacted so many people. Unfortunately everyone’s story doesn’t get told. Sure a lot of people had worse effects than just “one foot of water” but that doesn’t make it any less devastating for this family that experienced it that night.

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