Flood victims seek permanent homes

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by HEATHER KOVAR / KVUE News

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Posted on November 12, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 7:20 PM

AUSTIN -- On Monday there were 36 flood victims seeking shelter at the Dove Springs Recreation Center in South Austin. By Tuesday evening there were 44.

KVUE is told that some Onion Creek residents affected by the Halloween floods were staying in hotels. For variuos reasons they are now heading to the shelter.

"It could be the race, it could be the home football game that's coming up this weekend and demand. But I think at the end of the day our idea is to serve them and help them as much as we can here at this site," Assistant City Manager of Community Services Bert Lumbreras said.

Carolyn Hobb has been at the shelter since the devastating Halloween flooding.

"It's an emotional up and down. I mean you take one day at a time," said Hobb.

She never had the money nor thought about staying in a hotel. Her focus is on finding a permanent home.

"I'm supposed to be getting an apartment, maybe today," said Hobbs.

Blocks and blocks of houses in Onion Creek can't be occupied. This situation leaves so many people searching for homes in an already tight housing market.

"There's a housing crisis going on cause there are a lot of people looking. And they're probably applying for the same things your applying for," said Hobbs.

"We've got staff that are working very hard and feverishly, quite honestly. Working on all sorts of available housing options and locations for them," Lumbreras said.

Various departments are working to help find homes and subsidies if necessary. Lumbreras says they'd like to start wrapping up the shelter operation toward the end of the week.

Go here to learn how you can help flood victims.

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