Somber Veterans Day for local flood victims


by JADE MINGUS / KVUE News and Photojournalist DENNIS THOMAS

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Posted on November 11, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 7:20 PM

AUSTIN -- It was a somber Veterans Day for flood victims along Onion Creek as they cleaned up the devastation left behind by the Halloween floods.

Veteran Rick Monroe served in Vietnam and later lost a limb. He says his flood-damaged home is just another obstacle. It's one that won't hold him back.

"It was like when I lost my arm, I could either feel sorry or go on and live my life," said Monroe.

He is now living in an efficiency apartment in Kyle. Contractors tell him it could take six months for repairs.

"What was our dream house has to be rebuilt," said Monroe.

Retired Air Force pilot Charles Cole saved a neighbor's life by using three garden hoses during the floods. At 83 years old, he used his military training to make a difference.

"The water was just about to the top of the car, and he was hollering for help," said Cole.

While his neighbor is safe, Cole's belongings are ruined. Everything except photographs of his family and his wife who died earlier this year.

"We had 36 and a half wonderful years," said Cole.

Cole is staying with friends who live in Onion Creek as crews repair his home.

Go here to learn how you can help flood victims.