Many in Austin live in “high risk” areas for flooding

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Many in Austin see this rain as an ominous reminder of the massive May flooding. Many in central Austin neighborhoods live in high risk zones for flooding.

Most of the time, living next to water is looked at as a benefit. But this year, neighbors next to the many creeks flowing through Austin watch with uneasy eyes.

“I haven’t had to experience it yet. So here’s hoping it doesn’t get out of hand,” said Camille Brooks.

In August, she moved into her house near Chesterfield and 55th Street and spoke earlier with her dad – to have a game plan.

“He just said to kind of move the cars if it started to get bad because they’re here on ground level and just hang out up stairs,” said Brooks.

Camille just lives a few houses down from a structure that the city of Austin says is high risk for flooding. It’s one of $2 billion worth of projects around the city that needs improvement and deemed high risk.

Kevin Shunk is Austin’s flood plan administrator. He says internal communication between departments has already started. “Everyone needs to prepare staff and have them available to respond to the storms,” said Shunk.

He says people should know if they live in high risk areas and shouldn’t underestimate mother nature. “Some people might be aware of how fast things can happen, that’s why we are careful about getting the word out to people,” said Shunk.

To see if you live in a high risk area for flooding, click here, to go to Austin’s Watershed Masterplan Viewer. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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