Hutto residents clean up after being evacuated

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by QUITA CULPEPPER, SHANNON MURRAY / KVUE News and Photojournalist DEREK RASOR

kvue.com

Posted on October 31, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 10:27 PM

HUTTO, Texas -- Residents in Hutto are drying out after being asked to evacuate.

The city sent out a reverse 9-1-1 alert to 88 homes in the area near FM 685 and Brushy Creek, instructing them to evacuate. A temporary shelter was set up at Hutto Middle School.

Emergency crews responded to four swift water rescues overnight on the bridge over Brushy Creek. Two trucks were stuck on the bridge; the other two went over into the creek. There were no major injuries, and everyone got out safely.

"I came out here this morning and there was a very large debris field. It's everywhere. You can see the water has risen all the way to the sidewalk," resident Elisabeth Herren said.

Hutto Mayor Debbie Holland said she hasn't seen rain like this in years, and the city has experienced rapid growth since then, making the need much greater to evacuate.

Some roads are still shut down, and water is still running high and fast in Brushy Creek. Authorities are asking people coming to look at the water to not get too close to its banks.
 

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