Onion Creek residents come together for flood clean up



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Posted on November 1, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 2 at 12:30 PM

AUSTIN -- To a passerby, it looked like almost every resident in the Onion Creek subdivision was having a garage sale. A closer look revealed a much more serious situation.

More than 200 residents living near Onion Creek were forced out by floodwaters, and on Friday many residents helped neighbors salvage whatever the creek saw fit to leave behind.

"[We're] working like dogs to sort it out," said Onion Creek resident Kathy Lougheed.

"It's devastating what these people have been through, and just knowing that everybody has a heart and they're here to help each other and pull through, that's always good to see," said Diane Parsons, a neighbor who spent much of Friday helping Lougheed clean up after the flood.

The Onion Creek subdivision has two security guards, both of whom were on duty late Friday, but residents also hired off-duty Austin police officers to help make sure belongings in their front yards were safe.

"There's always tomorrow," Lougheed said. "You never know what tomorrow is going to bring. We found that out."


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