Clean-up is cold and wet for flood victims

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by JADE MINGUS / KVUE NEWS and Photojournalist JP HARRINGTON

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Posted on November 24, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 7:00 PM

AUSTIN -- Victims of the Onion Creek flood spent a cold, wet day clearing debris, sifting through flood soaked belongings and removing drywall on Sunday.

Thomas Gonzales threw out flood-soaked trash: vinyl records, tool boxes, household items and movies.

“It's growing mold. We don't want to be around it, so why even keep it? Our health is much more important than any of this,” said Gonzales.

He said the wintry weather and cold rain won’t slow down his plan to rebuild his damaged home.

"This is nothing. When you've been through three floods, like we have already, this little bit of rain is nothing at all,” said Gonzales.

Other residents displaced by the Halloween flood spent the day removing wet, moldy drywall from their homes.

While many gutted houses now have electricity, several families still don’t have gas and are without heat and hot water. Many choose to stay in their homes to be closer the clean-up, which will take months.

“It's just material possessions. Our lives are more important than anything else,” said Gonzales.

 

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