Onion Creek families clean up after floods



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Posted on November 4, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 4 at 7:00 PM

AUSTIN -- Halloween flooding has left hundreds of homes in the Onion Creek neighborhood damaged or destroyed.

On Monday city crews were busy removing debris from homes and roads. With blocks and blocks of devastation, people are trying to comprehend the loss.

Seven-year-old Willa Simmons wrote a song to cope.

She sang to KVUE, "I'm stuck up in the flood, I have no where to go."

Willa's family says they heard her humming as they tried to salvage what they can. Their neighborhood is street after street of debris and destruction.

Some victims took refuge on roofs the day of the flooding. People say once water got inside their homes, it only took five minutes to reach five feet.

About 1,100 homes were evacuated last week when the floods hit. Mayor Lee Leffingwell issued a local state of emergency for Austin on Monday.

More than 300 homes were marked with red signs, indicating dangerous conditions. Twelve of those homes are too dangerous for re-entry. More than 125 tons of debris have been collected from Onion Creek homes so far.

Go here for more information on how you can help flood survivors.