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'It's just terrible': Flood cleanup continues in Texas Hill Country

Homeowners are trying to get back on their feet and have spent much of their days cleaning out their houses in the Texas Hill Country after experiencing major flooding last week.

KINGSLAND, Texas — Cleanup and recovery efforts continue in Llano County after last week’s historic flood.

Homeowners are trying to get back on their feet and have spent much of their days cleaning out their houses in Kingsland, Texas.

Many of these houses are gutted because several feet of water got inside. For some of these homeowners, their livelihoods are on the line.

"I don't know what I'm going to do,” said Patricia Heinecke.

Her home of 30 years is flooded out.

“I have good moments and bad moments,” she said.

Heineke and her husband own a home and rent out three more along the water. It is how they make an income.

Heineke said she knew there was going to be a flood, but did not expect the water to get as high as it did.

"Then all of sudden it started coming in through the doggy door,” Heineke said. “The doggy door that's high up. And at that time I knew. I just started picking up what I could. I was all by myself. I started picking up what I could throwing it on the bed, trying to salvage a few of my things."

Across town, Clay Vaughn is facing a similar situation. He is trying to salvage his home.

“Depends on what we find,” said Vaughn. “But we're gonna attempt to try to restore it."

He had up to three and half feet of water in parts of his home and an enormous oak tree also fell in his yard.

"It's just terrible,” he said. “It's devastating, you know? You spend a good part of your life and income acquiring and building over time a place like this. And it's very special to my family. This place is a special place for them."

Vaughn does have flood insurance. Heineke does not.

“The few things I salvaged is what I have,” she said and adds that she is not not sure what to do.

“It's just bad,” she said. “But the good Lord, hey they always say he doesn't give you more than you can handle.”

A boil water notice remains in effect in Kingsland.

For those that want to help, the Llano Chamber of Commerce is collecting donations for the victims in the county.

If you want to volunteer, the Llano County Office of Emergency Management said the volunteer reception center at the First Baptist Church accepting spontaneous volunteers.