Another 'Halloween Flood' for Onion Creek area

AUSTIN, Texas-- From the air, it was an eerie sight: floodwater consuming roads and neighborhoods. But unfortunately it's a familiar sight.  Onion Creek flooded nearly two years ago to the date.

"I didn't think it was going to come up this high again.  Because they had taken out so many houses in the lower area, you know, closer to the creek so we thought 'ok that water has a place to pool now.'  But it kept coming," said Theresa Vahaliak, a resident in the area.

Vahaliak spent her Friday afternoon waiting next to police tape wondering if her house was okay.  It survived the 2013 flood.

"Looks like we will be taking that buyout.  Because we can't go through this every few years," she said.
 
Friday afternoon, multiple helicopters, including the National Guard, could be seen looking for people stranded from the flood.
 
The Austin Fire Department says from midnight until 2 PM, crews responded to 478 incidents in the city. Fourteen of those were water rescues.
 
Even though the danger was real, some residents were upset that they couldn't get back to their homes.
   
On Quicksilver Road, State Representative Eddie Rodriguez from Austin surveyed the damage in his community.
 
"At the state level in talking to different agencies to see what they can do about relief here as soon as possible and trying to talk to folks and see what they need," Rodriguez said.
 
He says many of his constituents feel defeated.  Others are more optimistic.
 
"Others, this might be the last straw, they might just have to move out.  But a lot of them don't.  This is where they live.  They have their children, they just have a lot of memories here.  They don't want to leave," Rodriguez said.
 
After the last Halloween flood, Susan Willard was one of those people.
 
She didn't want to move.  But she says if the city can't fix the flooding issue, that may change.
 
"We're cautiously optimistic, I don't know.  I've got to get down there and see what's going on.  I would like to stay in the neighborhood but I'm not an idiot either," Willard said.
 
Willard is still in the process of rebuilding from 2013.  She's not sure what she'll find when she gets back to her home. Willard says she's proud of the community's response this time.
 
"The news was covering it real well.  I was getting alerts.  I had a text alert and a phone call within minutes saying there was a life threatening event, y'all need to evacuate," Willard said.
 
We spoke with the Red Cross.  They were set up at the Dittmar Recreation Center.
   
They said they had 70 people checked in and they expect most will stay through the night.
 
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