Damn DaveOC, sorry to hear about your sister-in-law and her cars. That sucks. Glad to hear most of the family is relatively unaffected by all this. Hope they all stay safe.
This isn't the first time the house has had flood damage. They are used to it. The two cars outside had water up to the top of the wheels, both late-model cars, both insured, will be replaced. The car in the garage had water up to the axles, but it is an older Jaguar XJ6. Don't know whether they plan to "restore" it again.
My son's house had water running into a 2nd floor bathroom ceiling, from a 3rd floor balcony which was built incorrectly. He pulled off the ceiling to try and get the water flow redirected away from the walls, and discovered damage in the ceiling from years of little leaks. It was supposed to have been repaired before he bought the house 2-3 years ago. With respect to the rest of Houston, this is minor, minor damage. We'll see what the insurance situation will be, but it will be months before it gets addressed. His restaurant had no damage, never lost power, and he is reopening tonight, albeit with a very limited menu because none of his vendors/suppliers are back up and running yet. Fresh produce is "somewhat limited" in the Houston environs. UPDATE: The big boss just told Mike and his boss to work on putting on a feed for 500 or so first responders, so who knows what plans are to reopen "his" restaurant.
If anyone want to read about how much water landed on the area, follow this link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.78bac468ecb2
(This was written after only 30 inches of rain, the next couple of days dumped another 20 inches. It's worth the read if only one of the descriptions helps you visualize how much water this storm dumped on Houston.