Flood victims receive help from volunteers


by TINA SHIVELY / KVUE News and Photojournalist KENNETH NULL

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Posted on November 6, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 6 at 6:44 PM

AUSTIN -- Wednesday's rain was deja vu for homeowners in Onion Creek, but it didn't stop the clean up effort. Many families are getting help from volunteers.

Tabitha Phillips grew up in a home on Ladybug Street near Onion Creek. She was staying there with her parents until she could move into her new house in Oak Hill. She tells KVUE the furniture she was storing in her parents' home is a total loss.

The memories from the Halloween floods that ravaged Onion Creek, however, will always be with her.

"We got to look out the window, and the water was two foot higher outside than it was inside. So we couldn't even open anything to attempt to get out," Phillips said. "My father had four strokes, my mom has COPD and asthma. They couldn't get on top of the house. There's no way with balance or anything, so we sat inside. If me and my son weren't here [I don't know] if they would've made it out."

The family climbed higher and higher as the water rose last week. When it receded, emergency crews rescued Phillips' parents.

On Wednesday crews with the Austin Disaster Relief Network are helping to repair the damage the water left behind.

"We're alive. This is just material possessions," Phillips told KVUE. "But this is their whole life's work, so where are they gonna go? They have nothing."

Phillips isn't sure what the future holds for her family, but she hopes volunteers will remain in her neighborhood until the job is done.

More volunteers are needed. If you'd like to help ADRN in the flood clean-up, go here.

For more information on ways to help flood survivors, go here.