Power outage forces flood shelter evacuation


by SHANNON MURRAY / KVUE News and Photojournalist CHRIS SHADROCK

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Posted on November 1, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 2 at 10:20 PM

AUSTIN -- Flood victims staying at a Southeast Austin shelter can't seem to catch a break. A power outage for about 10,000 East Austin residents forced 11 people to move to another shelter late Friday night.

They came by bus, at least one family still smiling and laughing.

"We're hoping, you know, for the best. We're just thankful in all of it," said Rachceda King.

The King family arrived at the Dove Springs Recreation Center just before 11 p.m. Friday.

"We've been in our clothes for two days, haven't take a shower or anything like that," she said.

A power outage at the city shelter on Parker Lane forced them to move yet again.

"Where we going now? You know, it's just up and down, up and down," Rachceda said.

On Thursday morning when storms hit, Rachceda and her husband, Tyrone, were already at work. Their children, Victoria and Emmanuel, waited on the roof with family as the water rose.

"When they told me they were on the roof, I panicked," Rachceda said. "We lost everything except the clothes on our back."

This family has seen their fair share of struggle.

"We just previously came out of a little, tragic homeless situation where we were sleeping in our car and stuff, then here we go. We hit this situation again. It's kind of traumatizing for me," Rachceda added.

Through it all they've stuck together.

"We're taking one day at a time. That's all we can do is just focus on this day because we don't know what it's going to bring," she said. "We might have lost the material things, but we do have our family." 

To them, that's all that matters.

Austin Energy sent out a tweet just before 10 p.m. Friday saying that the outages were mostly concentrated in the 78702 and 78741 zip codes. Crews restored everyone's power by 11:20 p.m.