This article originally appeared in The Courier
While residents of The Woodlands saw flood waters creep up around Hughes Landing, The Woodlands Development Company saw the lake shore working as intended.
"People see water along the boardwalk and think it’s flooding,” said Jim Carman, vice president of commercial development with The Woodlands Development Company.
"I was monitoring retail, offices, restaurants, the hotel, and everything was fine,” said Paul Layne, executive vice president of master planned communities with The Woodlands Development Company.
"At first glance it was surprising that the water was over the docks, but it was really nothing.”
On Monday, as The Woodlands and surrounding areas contended with rising flood waters, many took to social media posting photos and videos of well-known bodies of water. Some rose higher than normal in the heavy rains, some began flowing much more quickly. Among them were shots of Lake Woodlands rising up the shores of Hughes Landing, nearing lakefront property such as the One Lakes Edge apartment complex and newly opened restaurant Truluck’s. However, no meaningful damage was suffered and business continued as normal.
"Basically, Hughes Landing is performing exactly as it was meant to perform,” said Carman. "These areas are designed knowing that several times a year, in events such as this, they would be underwater.”
The waters from Lake Woodlands rose to cover several walkways that travelled adjacent to the lake, as well as a patio area designed for band performances. However, the water never rose to the point where it reached homes or businesses.
According to The Woodlands Development Company, the areas that the water did cover were designed to accommodate these situations with minimal fuss.
"There was no damage, just a cleaning problem,” Carman said.
While the areas affected were marked off until Tuesday afternoon, The Woodlands Development Company says it was only for assessment and cleaning purposes. Most businesses on Hughes Landing stayed open through Monday and Tuesday, and the the affected walkways and patios reopened Tuesday.