Austin still in flood recovery, preparing for more rain

AUSTIN, Texas-- Halloween weekend experienced the most rain Austin has ever seen in a 24-hour period. Nearly a week later, the clean-up process continues as the city prepares for more showers.

ABIA is almost back to normal after major flood damage and delayed flights. The FAA says it's returned to its tower cab -- allowing them to open the airport's second runway, but there's still no working radar.  That's being controlled in Houston.

As recovery continues, now city officials are preparing for more rain.

"All of our public safety agencies along with our Flood Early Warning staff are on high alert," said Assistant City Manager Bert Lumbreras. That includes the EOC, fire department and Austin-Travis County EMS.
 
"We have about three boat teams that are ready and available.  We'll have four as of 7 AM in the morning and then five by 7 PM tomorrow night," said James Shamard with Austin-Travis County EMS.
 
During Wednesday's press conference, representatives from nearly every city department gathered and urged residents to sign up for weather alerts, follow local media as well as atxfloods.com.
 
According to new numbers from Austin Code Compliance, 998 properties in the affected areas have been assessed. 
   
Thirteen are considered dangerous and 388 are substandard. 
 
Many of the residents in the Onion Creek area are wondering about the buyout process. 
   
"I can assure you that the entire council has expressed interest in quickly convening to review, to adapt policies that can help our residents gain some clarity and some confidence about next steps," said Mayor Pro-Tem Kathie Tovo.
 
Austin City Council will be having a special called meeting this Sunday to discuss their options.
 
Police Chief Art Acevedo addressed crime in the affected areas -- crime from an unexpected place.
 
"Two duplexes right next to each other that were burglarized.  We have actually identified the suspects and the suspects turned out to be neighbors," he said.
   
And those helping others in need are in need themselves.
 
The Austin Disaster Relief Network is made up of 158 churches in the area.
 
The group hasn't gotten near as many financial donations as they have after previous floods.
 
"For Memorial Day Weekend flood, we, around day six, were very close to the $250,000, $300,000 range.  Today we're at the $5,000 range," said Daniel Geraci with the Austin Disaster Relief Network.
 
Since Sunday, the group has helped 284 families and handed out around $120,000 in emergency relief gift cards.
 
"We've also put 26 families up in hotels.  Most of those families with medical issues or disabilities or elderly,  just don't really do well in shelters...some of them.  We've actually been finding some families sleeping in their car," Geraci said.
 
If you'd like to donate to the organization, visit adrntx.org.
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