Pflugerville residents say construction site caused flooding

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by SHANNON MURRAY / KVUE NEWS and Photojournalist CHRIS SHADROCK

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Posted on November 6, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 6 at 7:31 PM

PFLUGERVILLE -- Central Texas' floods last week caused major damage in a Pflugerville neighborhood. The rushing waters came as a big surprise to some residents since they don't live in a flood plain.

Just on the other side of the Shallow Creek neighborhood, an elementary school is under construction. People who live there say when the heavy rains came, a retention wall around a construction site collapsed and all of that water flooded their street.

"It's been hectic. It's been the nightmare of my life," said resident Erik Goeser.

Since their street is not in a flood plain, people who live on it say  they didn't know they would need flood insurance until now.

"When this struck I only had $100 to my name," Goeser said.

Goeser said the damage at his home could cost close to $16,000, and the flooding has put his job on hold.

"I fix computers for a living, but I don't have Internet right now, and a lot of my stuff is wet,' Goeser added.

Neighbors on Apple Vista Circle say eight out of the 10 houses on the street are damaged. They also believe construction on a new elementary school caused the massive runoff.

"I looked out my window. I got sick to my stomach. All the drainage ditches were full and there was water coming down this way, making waves when it hit the street. Waves coming towards my house," Goeser claimed.

Goeser says when the retention wall collapsed on the site, it put his home right in the bull's eye.

"When it spills out it comes across the street to the lowest point, which is through my house," he said.

Now these neighbors are asking the school district to do something to help.

"They wouldn't do this intentionally but if they make a mistake, the right actions need to be taken afterwards," he said.

Mistake or not, neighbors want a solution so this doesn't happen again.

The Pflugerville Independent School District sent the following statement via e-mail:

"We were saddened to learn that families in several parts of our district were negatively impacted by the recent heavy rains and flooding. The construction site in question had recently been inspected and met all Travis County expectations, requirements and codes. The district received communication today from Travis County stating, "Travis County is actively looking into the drainage concerns that have created the hardship to the neighborhood. Once we [Travis County] have an opportunity to evaluate the situation, Travis County will be able to respond." 

Go here for more information about how you can help flood survivors.

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