Pflugerville cleans up after Crooked Creek flood

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by TINA SHIVELY and ANDY PIERROTTI / KVUE News

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Posted on October 31, 2013 at 8:10 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 12:02 PM

PFLUGERVILLE -- People near Crooked Creek in Pflugerville have a lot of cleaning up to do after floods caused about 20 homes to be evacuated.

Donald Thomison has lived at the corner of Crystal Bend Drive and Crooked Creek Drive for more than 40 years. He says he's never seen the creek rise as high as it did Wednesday night.

"It's probably about another six or eight inches higher than it has been before." Thomison said.

Dozens of people were forced to evacuate from their homes. Rescue teams responsible for the mission hid from the storm under Thomison's carport into the early morning.

Many could not believe how high the water had risen, right up to their backyard.

"To tell you the truth I was still in bed. I kept hearing water. I couldn't figure out what was going on, and our neighbor came and knocked on the door. I came out and looked outside and the water was up to our steps," Olivia Williamson said.

Rescue boats carried about 30 people to safety and then to a shelter. They have since returned to their neighborhood, now torn apart by water.

The force of the water from Crooked Creek tore up the lot next door. It knocked over a stone pillar, taking down a fence and lifting asphalt from a driveway.

Fire crews are still checking on emergencies. One call went out for a propane leak.

At Dora Reyes; home, the water woke her from a deep sleep.

"I called to my husband, 'Look how much rain we had!' He got up, we looked. At first he didn't believe me because we never had that much," she said.

Reyes thinks the fast-moving water carried something heavy downstream and right into her house.
It's left her without running water hours later.

The work is not done for neighbors or for emergency crews. Teams with Austin Energy are driving around the neighborhood to be sure the force of the water didn't damage any of their equipment.

Watch video of residents being rescued here:

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