AUSTIN – The City of Austin’s Watershed Protection Department has found enough funding to buy out 91 more Onion Creek homes. That brings the total of recent purchases of flood-prone homes to 115.
“After the storm we have been pulling all the resources, looking at every project that we have in our capital improvement planning and looking at how much money we can pool together from the City,” said Mapi Vigil with the City of Austin’s Watershed Protection Department.
Vigil says the Onion Creek subdivision was built prior to the City and the Army Corps of Engineers deeming the area a flood plain.
Since 1999 the City of Austin has purchased 323 of nearly 500 homes identified as being flood-prone.
Money for the most recent purchase of 115 homes is slated to come from Watershed Protection capital improvement projects. The projects chosen and how much they cost were not available.
“We are looking at it priority-wise. Which ones we feel comfortable to delay maybe a year or two,” added Vigil.
The City plans to inform homeowners of the buyouts by passing out fliers Thursday morning.
City officials said Wednesday that 1,791 properties have been inspected in Austin and Travis County. About 659 homes are damaged, with 259 receiving major damage. Fifteen homes were deemed "destroyed." See maps of the damage here.