AUSTIN (KXAN) — While rain is welcome in a region plagued by prolonged drought, many homeowners in Southeast Austin hope this week’s wet forecast is not building up to a repeat of what happened on Halloween in 2013.
Mike Espinoza remembers like it was just yesterday, waking up to four feet of water in his living room.
“Realistically it could happen,” he said. “We’re building all the way around Austin and that water has to go somewhere and if it comes to Onion Creek it floods quickly. We pulled everything in our house from here down and just trashed it. Water was coming out from where the fireplace was. It was just spewing out.”
He woke up his family that morning and tried to get out of the house as fast as he could. He opened his door and saw water several feet high flooding his street.
“I mean it was almost like third-world Austin here. Dead animals, it stinks, there was water in here…it was just awful,” said Espinoza. “A lot of things I use for work and how I bring home the bacon was gone.”
In the process of trying to fix his house back up, Espinoza cannot imagine going through something like that again. But every time it rains for several hours and days at a time, he fears the worst.
“It’s not really you fear the rain,” he said, “it’s knowing what could happen that brings you fear.”