As many of you in our community know heavy rains on October 31st resulted in flooding in Central Texas.
We are working hard to advocate for the families impacted so are sharing this information as a call to action!
Volunteers are needed to support the clean-up and recovery efforts.
We are working with the United Way and Austin Disaster Relief Network to coordinate a large volunteer event on Saturday 11/9 and there are on-going volunteer needs over the next several weeks that can all be accessed by calling 211, or The Austin Disaster Relief Network at 512-428-6322. or by clicking here…United Way Central Texas Disaster Response Volunteer Opportunities.
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Update from Kelly Weiss, Austin Habitat for Humanity Executive Director:
We are currently working with the City of Austin to establish a long-term scope of work to assist with the Onion Creek Flood Recovery. It is still not clear how many eligible households are in need, and assessments are on-going. We are estimating 50-75 households will be eligible for Austin Habitat home repair or new home services.
Austin Habitat will be on-site at the Dove Springs Rec Center today and Saturday, providing initial housing counseling/foreclosure prevention/mitigation application intake and services to flood victims. We are engaging mortgage lending partners to assist with loan modifications, foreclosure forbearance, etc.
In addition, we have been asked by the Texas Builders Foundation, through Rep. Eddie Rodriguez and Rep. Paul Workman, to provide basic housing information and information about Austin Habitat services.
Basic information about the flooding in Onion Creek:
Public safety officials estimated that about 1,791 properties have been inspected in Austin and Travis County as of Wednesday, Nov. 6.
- A total of 659 homes are damaged, of which 259 have received major damage.
- A total of 15 homes have been deemed by inspectors as destroyed.
- Cleanup crews have removed about 1,300 tons of debris from the affected area, roughly the weight equivalent of more than 800 mid-size cars.
- A total of 43 people remain sheltered in the Flood Assistance Center, which will continue to be operated jointly by the Red Cross, Central Texas government agencies and others throughout the week.
The City of Austin Emergency Operation Center remains open throughout the week to monitor the status of recovery conditions.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey:
- Water levels at Onion Creek at US 183 reached a record height of 41 feet during the Oct. 31 storm, when the US 183 water gauge rose 11 feet in 15 minutes between 6:15 a.m. and 6:30 a.m.
- Available records show that water levels never before exceeded 40 feet at this location and only exceeded 35 feet during three other years: 2001, 1921 and 1869.
- The Onion Creek’s highest flow rate* during Oct. 31 was 120,000 cubic feet per second, which is nearly
double the average flow rate of Niagara Falls.
Please join us in supporting the families in our community by volunteering your time to help with clean up and recovery.