Families in Onion Creek want the City to buy their homes

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by JADE MINGUS / KVUE News Photojournalist SCOTT MCKENNEY

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Posted on November 18, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 18 at 7:20 PM

AUSTIN -- Families who live on Katydid Lane in the Onion Creek neighborhood want the City to buy their flood-damaged homes.

Many homeowners have flood insurance, but they say it's still not enough to repair what a raging Onion Creek destroyed.

Lisa Yanez' home has flooded twice in the 21 years she has lived on Katydid Lane, including on Halloween.

"I don't understand why. The creek is right in my backyard," said Yanez. 

She says the homes on Katydid flooded first when the area was hit with rain on Halloween.

"It doesn't make sense at all," said Yanez. 

The City's Watershed Protection Department says it prioritizes the homes it buys based on damage.

"We had code compliance inspectors going the day after the storm, and they are looking at the damage inside the house," said Watershed engineer Mapi Vigil. 

Vigil says many of the homes on Katydid Lane are in the 100-year flood plain and on a higher elevation than others with more severe damage.

The City has enough funds to buy 115 homes. Leaders say they can't buy anymore until the federal government comes through with money promised years ago.

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