Homes in Thoroughbred Estates flood twice in 7 months

Sylvia Mojica Thoroughbred Farms homeowner has to pick up the pieces for the second time in 7 months (KXAN Photo/Kylie McGivern)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As the sun came up Friday morning after a full evening of rainfall, homeowners in the Thoroughbred Ranchettes subdivision in Southeast Travis County came back to discover their homes were, once again, damaged by floodwaters.

As Dry Creek started to rise around the neighborhood, authorities late Thursday night issued an evacuation order for the neighborhood. Residents were told to evacuate to Farm to Market 973 and McKenzie Road due to rising waters.

Sylvia Mojica says the water Friday morning rose up to chest level. She said her home on Citation Avenue was severely damaged during the flood seven months ago; she and her husband just finished rebuilding one month ago. They say they’ve managed to lose everything, twice. But not everything. They’re thankful to be alive and thankful for each other. Their neighbor two doors down, Inez Garza, is one of three people who lost their lives in the October flood.

“My family comes first,” Mojica told KXAN. “I have him, I have my family, and that’s what keeps us going.”

The neighborhood saw historic flooding during Halloween weekend 2015. Three people — Jorge Aguilar-Torrez, Eddie Hernandez and Inez Garza — were all swept away in flood waters from Dry Creek in Southeast Travis County last year. When the October floods happened, homeowners in the subdivision said they were never notified of the rising floodwaters.

One McKenzie Road resident spoke with KXAN about water rising in her house this morning as she was told to leave. “Within an hour, an hour and a half, we had three feet of water in the house,” said Michele Wharton. “We get out of the driveway in his truck and someone’s refrigerator comes crashing into the truck.”

The Travis County Fire Marshall’s Office, among others, have started preliminary damage assessments, but no numbers are available just yet.

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