City bracing for potentially heavy rainfall... again

AUSTIN, Texas-- The Austin-Travis County Emergency Operations Center is active.  It has been since last week's flood. And now they're preparing for potentially heavy rainfall once again.

"The Austin-Metro area has soil right now that's extremely saturated.  And what the National Weather Service has been telling us is any amount of intense rainfall over a short period is going to create flooding conditions," said Jacob Dirr with the EOC.

The EOC is monitoring the weather and moving resources to where they are needed.

"Part of what we're counting on is the residents of Central Texas to educate themselves, monitor conditions.  They can monitor local media.  And if you're in a flood plain or flood zone, make sure you have an action plan for yourself and your family to keep yourself safe if you have to evacuate," Dirr said.
 
It's a threat that comes just a week after flooding took a major toll on Central Texas.
 
Austin Mayor Steve Adler declared a Local State of Disaster on Thursday.
 
"As a city we don't have all the resources that we could use to be able to address that so we need State and Federal assistance," Adler said.
 
Joseph Pena has lived in the Onion Creek flood plain for 16 years.  Just a few weeks ago he finally got an offer from the city on his buyout.
 
"The city was...what's the word I want to use?  The city was negligent.  Because 2 years ago they should have bought us out where we didn't have to rebuild.  I spent $70,000 fixing my house, it looked beautiful.  Hardwood floors, new ceilings," Pena said.
 
Pena says he wishes the city would provide victims temporary housing -- because in times like these where he may have to evacuate again, he would like a place to go.
 
"I'm just trying to clean, going to cover everything up.  And when it starts to rain I'm just going to leave," Pena said.
 
Austinites can monitor atxfloods.com and be sure to register for evacuation alerts on wireless.capcog.org.
 
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