After Hurricane Harvey caused damage in one southeast Austin neighborhood, residents came together to help repair their homes.
Around 10 homes in the Bradshaw Crossing neighborhood near East Slaughter Lane in southeast Austin had roof damage, leaks and/or downed fences.
Bene Williams said she came up with the idea because her own home was flooded and destroyed in 2013.
"For me it was just a personal give back,” Williams said. “My family was involved in the flood in 2013 in southeast Austin in the Onion Creek area, and so at that point, we had family, we had friends, we had community groups come to support us, so it's just always been something that I know has been important to me to give back pay it forward.”
Neighbor Katie Gingrich also helped clean up, and was one of the around eight residents to take part.
“It’s just great to know that people you can call that live right here,” said Gingrich said. “You don’t have to wait for the builder or your home insurance to help you. People can come and help.”
Both Williams and Gingrich encourage neighbors throughout Austin to get involved in their communities.