AUSTIN (KXAN) - This past weekend's storm affected plenty of businesses, and even ruffled some feathers.
More than 700 chickens had to be rescued after raging waters swept through Vital Farms in South Austin. On Monday, workers scrambled to rebuild dozens of fence lines swept away by the flash flood and get egg production back up and running.
"By about 7 a.m. it was clear that we were going to have big problems," said co-owner Jason Jones "The creek came over the bank and onto the farm and that's when we started losing property and began to be really concerned about the people we had living on the property."
One of those employees barely got out alive after escaping from his RV.
"The water was flowing and forced the door open, and immediately pulled the door...wide open off it's hinge," said Brent Brewer, an employee of Vital Farms. "I was able to climb on that and held I was able to get on top of the RV."
Brewer was rescued but hundreds of the chickens were still trapped until fast-acting staff rounded up the tractor and pulled out several mobile coops, one by one.
"They were already in there from the night before," Jones said. "We were able to take them off the property with the tractor and that really kinda saved us."
As the rebuilding continues, owners hope their little workers will come back stronger than before.
"The birds have personalities and things like this can throw them off for a few days just like us," Jones said. "They get worn out, they get stressed out, but I know they'll bounce back."
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