Mess left behind in Central Austin after flash flooding

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The cleanup process is just beginning for some. Overnight storms left many people with flooded homes, especially in Central Austin.

“It was about 11:30 and everyone was getting ready to go to bed and all of a sudden we walked across the floor and it was splish, splash,” said Brendan Morris, who lives on Guadalupe Street. He moved into his house less than six months ago and this was the third time water has found its way inside after a rainstorm. “It’s seeped in under the foundation twice before this but not nearly this bad.”

Kylie Holt works for Total Restoration of Texas. They were out all night pumping water out of homes in many neighborhoods. “It’s important to get the water out because the longer it sits there, the more damage there is and the more expensive it is to fix.”

“The phone rang all night long and people were in a panic because they’re in areas where this never happens,” Holt added. “We don’t deal with it often. Everyone’s panicked. Once we start getting the water out it calms down.”

While some residents have dealt with flooding before, others were caught off guard. Residents on Avenue A in Hyde Park were still dealing with water underneath their homes. Many woke up to a mess outside their front door.

“I see there’s a number of trash cans at the end of the street and garbage thrown all over street…even as far as the school yard,” said Michel Nill. “I never found my trash can, it’s gone.”

But he will deal with a missing trash can knowing it could have been a whole lot worse.

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