AUSTIN – Flood victims in Southeast Austin ravaged by heavy rains last week are now fighting off a foe of a different kind.
Several reports of looting are cropping up from the Onion Forest neighborhood off William Cannon and Pleasant Valley.
“My roomate was like, 'My laptop is gone, is yours here?' No, sure wasn't, and we couldn't even figure out how they had gotten in,” said Ashleigh Fiddler to KVUE News on Monday.
Fiddler and her roommates were flooded out late Wednesday. They say their home was broken into three nights in a row.
“The first night the laptops were stolen. The electronics were stolen. The second night the violin was gone, and I'm not sure how late they were here last night,” added Fiddler.
For the short time KVUE was in the Onion Forest neighborhood, we saw a very heavy presence of Austin police officers driving around in squad cars and golf carts.
“They're driving around, they're checking, they're talking to people. And they have done a really awesome job,” said Onion Forest resident Cheryl Ramirez.
A spokesperson for the Austin Police Department says officers will continue patrolling the hardest-hit neighborhoods. But she added that there aren’t enough officers to put one in front of every house impacted by the floods.
“It's very creepy to know that strangers are rooting through your things after it's already been completely trashed anyway. It's heartbreaking,” added Fiddler.