In a small neighborhood in Texas, there is an affluent group of mothers that have been repeatedly rocked by catastrophic flooding—the 2015 Memorial Day flood, the 2016 Tax Day flood, and 16 months later, Hurricane Harvey. Even after the floods, almost all of the mothers still believed there was only one neighborhood for them: Bayou Oaks.
In Too Deep is a sociological exploration of what happens when climate change threatens the carefully curated family life of upper-middle-class mothers. Through 72 in-depth interviews with 36 Bayou Oaks mothers whose homes flooded during Hurricane Harvey, Rachel Kimbro reveals why these mothers continued to stay in a place that was becoming more and more unstable. Rather than retreating, the mothers dig in and sustain the community they have chosen and nurtured, trying to keep social, emotional, and economic instability at bay. In Too Deep provides a glimpse into how class and place intersect in an unstable physical environment and the prices we pay for securing our family's futures.