Onion Creek evacuees return with dread

Evacuees from the flood prone Onion Creek neighborhood got to return to their homes Saturday. Many, especially those who have been flooded out before, were dreading what they would find. It was bad news for Theresa Ledesma and her young children, water and mud everywhere, possessions ruined, the house uninhabitable. It wasn’t the first time.

This happened to them back on Halloween of 2013, she says, “It was like deja vu all over again”. The house was hit so bad then the family had to move out for four months. At least this time they evacuated before the worst. She says, “I’m glad we weren’t here. That was a good thing. Last time we were here and the kids were here, we were up on the roof, so I’m glad we weren’t here for that.”

Theresa returned Saturday to salvage what possessions she could, and remove the high hanging clothes that were not ruined. It was just a week ago the city came out to assess her property for a buyout because of the last flood. She had hoped to be bought out and move by the end of the year. Now? “I don’t know what happens now. I don’t know if they are going to go with the appraisal they did last Friday and move forward with it. I don’t know if we go get the house fixed because last time we were out of it four months.”

There are 276 properties in the floodplain the city has not bought out. So as Theresa packs the little of whats left from Friday’s new disaster, she wonders, what is next. “It’s just about, at this point, saving what we can save, and waiting to hear back from the city, to see what they want us to do because I just don’t know.” Theresa says she and the kids will move in with her mom while they wait to hear about their future.

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