Flood traumatizing for families, children

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by SHANNON MURRAY / KVUE NEWS and Photojournalist MICHAEL MOORE

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Posted on November 5, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 5 at 6:20 PM

AUSTIN -- Many people in the Onion Creek neighborhood lost everything in the Halloween floods. The devastation is especially hard on kids who witnessed the storm first hand.

Toys sit in the front yard of many homes. They're not waiting for a little one to play with them. Instead they are ready for trash pickup.

"We lost everything," said Hector Romero.

Romero says on Thursday morning the flood forced his family onto their roof, including his four young children.

"All of my kids, my wife, my grandfather and grandmother," he said.

Eventually the fire department rescued the family in boats. Their home sits about half a mile from Onion Creek. A red sign on the door means it's not liveable.

"It's a lot of damage," Romero said.

The family is working to clean up what they can, but Romero says this has been especially hard on his children.

"I pray to God and tell Him, 'Help my family,'" he said.

Romero says the kids have had nightmares since the flood, and they get upset when they see their home.

Thankfully, Romero says, some of his boys are in school and have something to keep their minds off it while he works to get their lives back to normal.

Go here to learn more about helping the flood victims.

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