AUSTIN – Three months after parts of southeast Austin neighborhoods were devastated in the Halloween floods, there is still unknown quantities of debris in and the banks of Onion Creek.
“With some of these large floods, they went into people's homes and into the garage, and everything you had in your garage could possibly be out there,” said Roxanne Jackson with Austin’s Watershed Protection Department.
Jackson told KVUE Tuesday that so far, crews have removed 200 tons of debris out of Onion Creek. She also said that city crews work for at least 10 hours a day, four days a week on creek debris removal.
Questions still remain. How much debris is left in Onion Creek? Of what is the debris comprised? How long will it be there?
“There's an unknown. That's still to be determined. There's large pockets of areas that have debris. Some of that debris will not be removed. It's part of a larger natural system,” said Jackson. “We're going to be doing the best that we can as quickly as we can, but like I said, given our existing resources and our ability to get to these areas, it could be hopefully spring [or] summer, but it could be an ongoing process."
The city’s Watershed Protection Department still wants to hear from the public regarding problem areas by calling 311.