FEMA crews return following floods

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by JADE MINGUS AND TINA SHIVELY / KVUE News and Photojournalist KENNETH NULL

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Posted on December 4, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 7:02 PM

AUSTIN -- More than a month after the Halloween floods, local leaders are still looking for help to rebuild.

FEMA will make another trip to Travis County Wednesday. This time they have a different goal. As part of FEMA's Public Assistance Grant program, crews will look at roads and bridges, water control facilities, utilities and parks.

The inspections will determine if Austin and Travis County can get money for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and permanent restoration of infrastructure.

Four separate FEMA teams will canvas the area with local leaders to inspect the hardest hit areas. The tour will likely take several days.

Travis County must meet a $35 million dollar threshold to qualify for federal dollars.

If the funding is approved, there is no time table for how long it could take for the money to arrive.

Residents who live on River Plantation Drive are frustrated the bridge near their home is not fixed. The city of Austin says it could take seven months to repair.

"The only work we've seen out here is the city crews have rearranged the barricades three different times," said flood victim Don Milberger. "The community is cut in half and what used to be a two minute drive is now a 15 minute drive."

 

 

Updated totals from Travis County show the floods caused $107 million in damage in one night. Local leaders are hopeful some federal funding will come to help the Onion Creek neighborhood get back to normal.
 

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