Highlands residents say San Jacinto River highest since Hurricane Ike

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Grace Lane just North of Highlands hasn't seen this kind of water in 22 years. The swelling San Jacinto River has made the road impassable with the current so swift even the crawfish appear to be trying to evacuate. Dozens could be seen inching across the road.

For Debbie Pham the high water is reason for frustration and concern. She's got a friend now trapped on the other side and no way to get her out.

"This water is too strong. We can't go through that," said Pham who says her friend is prepared to soldier through any flooding.

Ray Standley has lived on the San Jac for 75 years and believes this inundation is the most he's seen since the flood of 1994. That said, he and others who make their life along the river just don't sweat the consequences.

"These people down here I'm here to tell you they know this drill and they've all got boats down there they can go anywhere they want to," said Standley.

It's an option residents may have to exercise if the storm clouds don't break and the run-off won't relent.
Few know this end of the river better than Sherry Griggs.

"I just sit on the deck with a cup of coffee and we see what happens," says Sherry. 

For 35 years, her family home has sat on it's banks at Griggs landing - ground that's been steadily submerging in recent days.

Griggs only concern is a dam release up stream that would bloat an already swollen river.

"I'm not stupid. If the water got way up here I think I would go visit one of my sons," said Griggs

Could it  be, the crawfish know something we don't?