AUSTIN (KXAN) - Families in South Austin who were affected by the storm Sunday are bracing for round two. Many of their front yards on Tuesday were still littered with furniture pulled out of their flooded homes.
A restoration crew carried 25 fans into Mariana Kurko's home on Heartwood Drive. She says there were four inches of standing water in her house after Williamson Creek turned into a rushing river.
"When you first walk in it's just devastating," Mariana said.
She woke up at 5:30 a.m. Sunday thinking it was just another storm until she noticed the water was up to the back door. She woke up her husband and son.
"I was crying because it was the first flood I've ever had in my life," said her 9-year-old son, Eliah.
The fourth grader is feeling much better now because he will back in his own bed soon once the laminate floors and sheetrock are replaced.
Monday, Red Cross volunteer Lou Jander dropped by with a clean up kit.
"A broom, a mop, some bleach, a bucket," said Jander, who received the same items himself after surviving the Bastrop County wildfire. "Loss is still loss, whatever the case might be."
The Kurko's are not sure what to think about another storm in the forecast Tuesday night.
"Right now I'm a little sensitive about rain," Mariana said.
Lou and his Red Cross team are stocked and ready if the storms cause more damage this week.
"It's what we do, and it's just a great feeling to be able to help people," he said.
Preparing for Storms
The Red Cross recommends that individuals and families prepare for floods by:
- Creating and practicing a Disaster Plan: Talk to everyone in your household about what to do if a flood occurs. Decide where you would meet and who you would contact in case of flooding. Assemble and maintain an emergency preparedness kit. Be prepared to evacuate your family and pets at a moment’s notice. Listen to area radio and television stations for possible flood warnings and reports of flooding in progress.
Assembling an Emergency Preparedness Kit: Kits should contain a first aid kit and essential medications, foods that don’t require cooking or refrigeration and manual can opener, bottled water, flashlights and a battery-powered radio with extra batteries, copies of important documents and other emergency items for the whole family.
- Heeding Flood Warnings: Listen to your local radio and TV stations for updated flood information. A flood WATCH means flooding or flash flooding is possible in your area. A food WARNING means flooding or flash flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area. When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there.
- Relocating During Flood Warnings: Stay away from flood waters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankle, stop, turn around and go another way. If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground.
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