Emergency teams rescue hundreds


by TERRI GRUCA with photojournalist CHRIS SHADROCK

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Posted on October 31, 2013 at 10:15 PM

TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas -- In Onion Creek and across Central Texas emergency teams saved hundreds of people in a matter of hours. Those challenging nighttime rescues were made even more difficult by raging water.

"I was scared," said Olivia Williamson, a resident of Pflugerville. "It's scary when you look out there and see it going so fast."

Williamson was inside her Crooked Creek home asleep when the storm surged.

"To tell you the truth I was still in bed. I kept hearing water and I couldn't figure out what was going on and our neighbor came and knocked on the door," she said.

Unable to wade through waist deep water hope floated in.

"It's been fast and furious," said Pflugerville Fire Chief Ron Moellenberg of the calls for help. “It’s been one right after the other.”

Those rescues played out hundreds of times in the dark of night and again during daylight.

From those too small to help themselves to family members unable to walk out on their own, each rescue a reminder of how fortunate we are for all those helping hands.


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