Bastrop County residents recovering from floods

BASTROP COUNTY, Texas-- As the floodwaters slowly subside, you can now begin to see the damage left behind in Bastrop County. Residents say the community is stronger than ever.

From a massive wildfire to major flooding, one disaster after another for Bastrop County residents.Tera Eday and her family live in Bastrop County and were shocked by how quickly waters rose on Friday.

"We got about four feet of water at our house, but we were off the ground, so it was actually raised up about six feet. Basically, it wiped out everything," Tera Eday said. 

They came to the shelter set up at the First Methodist Church on Main Street. Staying at their home is no longer an option. 
 
"We tried to stay there last night, the appliances are shocking us. The electricity is messed up, the walls are smoking. We just lost everything, we've been on a roller coaster ride," Eday said. 
 
The Bastrop County Office of Emergency Management said there were more than 100 water rescues by boat and helicopter. The Colorado River at Bastrop crested at 36-feet around 2:30 PM Saturday, that is roughly five feet higher than the Memorial Day floods.
 
When it comes to disaster response, American Red Cross volunteers say they are always prepared.  
 
"In four weeks I've been to Eagle Pass in Texas for a flood, then Bastrop, then Waco,  and now here. So we act as soon as we can. You know, within hours, if not earlier than that," said Peter Wittenberg, an American Red Cross volunteer. 
 
They plan to do a damage assessment of the area within the next couple of days. Many parts of Bastrop County have been affected.

Fisherman's Park sits along the Colorado River. On Friday, water came spilling onto the streets and park grounds. Now, two days later, you can see the aftermath. Fish and crawfish are on the street, trying to make their way back into the river. A golf cart was turned upside down, some trees were knocked over and you can only see the top of the large park pavilion.
 
"I would say, for the last five years, Bastrop has been on a rollercoaster. It's getting pretty bad for Bastrop but the community is coming together, the churches are coming together, they're doing all they can for us," Eday said. 
 
As for county officials, they are trying to get more river gauges installed in the area to better manage flooding events in the future.
 
If you are in need of a shelter, there are two set up in Bastrop County:
First Methodist Church on Main Street
Church of Christ on FM 20
 
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