Southeast Austin neighborhood floods for first time

TRAVIS COUNTY (KXAN) — After more than 40 years on Citation Avenue, Sylvia Mojica and her husband Henry have made repairs to their home, but for the first time they’re cleaning up after a flood.

“It never happened to us, but it happened down the street from us,” said Sylvia who said their home is not in the the flood plain, so they don’t have flood insurance.  It’s something Travis County Commissioner’s were made aware of Tuesday and are looking into since two neighborhoods, Thoroughbred Farms and Arroyo Doble,were damaged during Friday’s historic flood, were not considered a flood risk.

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Sylvia and Henry Mojica’s flooded home

Mojica said Dry Creek, which runs behind her Southeast Travis County home has always protected them because it acted as a retention pond, but on Friday it overflowed and tore through her home.

Flood water on Citation Avenue
Picture Henry Mojica sent in as flood waters overflowed Dry Creek and tore through his home.

“He’s the one that called me and said the water is coming in on the kitchen, I said, just go put a towel there, it’s probably just water from the rain and then he started telling me it’s coming up,” said Sylvia who was babysitting her grandson at the time.

Sylvia said her husband and son were stuck in the house as water got about 5 feet high.

“When I really started to get nervous was when I started calling them back and I wasn’t getting anything,” said Sylvia.

Henry and his son waited for the water to receded before getting out. Mojica said her husband called 911, but it was busy.

Three people, Jorge Aguilar-Torrez, Eddie Hernandez and Inez Garza were all swept away in flood waters from Dry Creek in Southeast Travis County.

“It hurts because we’ve been friends and they moved in after we did,” said Mojica about her neighbor, Garza whose husband survived.

The Austin Travis County Emergency Operations Center is already open to manage the potential severe weather. Officials say they have all of their local agencies on standby and ready to respond to any flooding.

The Austin Fire Department has five special operation stations with 36 firefighters on duty 24-7. EMS also has the capacity to deploy up to five boat teams for rescue operations and an ambulance bus for mass evacuations.

Austin Police will be staffed at 100 percent and will monitor all known low-water crossings.

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