Flood-damaged homes bought out in Timber Creek


by KVUE News


Posted on January 7, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 7 at 8:21 PM

AUSTIN -- Homeowners in the Timber Creek neighborhood received good news on Tuesday, more than two months after the Halloween floods.

Travis County commissioners approved more than $2 million to buy out 31 homes and nine businesses near Bluff Springs Road, Brandt Road, Arroyo Doble Road and Pearce Lane.

Dolores Jameson and her family are still living with the aftermath of the Halloween floods, which swept through and decimated their neighborhood near Onion Creek.

"We had two and a half feet of water, so we almost lost everything in our garage, everything in our living room, dining room, kitchen," Jameson said.

Jameson said she knows some of her neighbors are willing to sell their flood-damaged homes to Travis County.

"If you drive up and down the street, you can see houses where nothing has been done, and I'm sure those people will be considering it," Jameson said.

Melinda Mallia is an environmental consultant with Travis County. She said the $2 million is leftover funding from finished county projects, and millions more are needed to buy out all the flood-ravaged property they can.

"Our estimates for all of the country buyouts range from up to $16 million, and we need to get some good appraisals in, so we can begin to budget precisely," Mallia said.

The county is buying homes with the most damage first.

"Somebody who's able to live in their property, and they're safe, and they're willing to wait would be an ideal candidate for a grant in the future," Mallia said.

Others may have to wait up to a year before they'll be eligible for the buyout.

County officials said up to $16 million may be needed to buy out all damaged properties.

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