>> On the 9100 block of Oak Knoll Lane in Northeast Houston, a tight-knit and diverse community, folks are making their way home for the first time since fleeing major flooding during tropical storm Harvey. But as they take stock of the damage, the path forward doesn't look easy, says Reuters editor Peter Henderson.
>> Many of them are finding that the flood waters got up to 2 or 3 feet inside the houses and they are starting to cut out the sheet rock, to put all of the furniture out on the street. They're pulling out floors, they're pulling out doors.>> Benjamin Quesada, who lives on this street, is a builder, and estimates it could take up to a month and a half to reconstruct his house.
>> Basically I have to remove all the drywall that's wet. Insulation that's wet, let it all dry out, get some air movers, dehumidifiers to dry the studs, and then we'll begin the build back.>> Quesada says his property was worth nearly $50,000. Now estimates it will cost up to $25,000 to repair.
He said he has not yet filed a claim with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Reuters analysis shows at least $23 billion worth of property has been affected by Harvey flooding in Galveston and Houston's Harris County. 32 year old Valerie Stevens is also looking at major repairs.>> Yeah it's gonna take some time to rebuild.
It's just my income and no flood insurance. So I lost my car also. So it's just gonna take time to get back. Luckily I have family that I can stay with during that time.>> Tell me about the neighborhood. Do you expect to be talking to, helping, getting help from neighbors?
>> Yeah, we're all pretty close around here I think>> This neighborhood isn't a high economic neighborhood, but I think everybody watches out for everybody. But I think the whole neighborhood is going to take a while to recover.>> But even as they assess the damage, many of the residents here are thankful it wasn't a lot worse.