AUSTIN (KXAN) - A woman who lives on 10 acres backing up to Onion Creek had barely drifted off to sleep as heavy rains poured down on Southeast Austin before in the wee hours of Thursday morning.
At 4 a.m. Diane Gregg's phone rang and she heard her brother's voice calling from Kyle. "Diane, they're rescuing people off Bluff Springs Road," he told her.
Waking up, Gregg noticed water seeping under her front door. Outside, the water from creek was two feet above her foundation. She called for her dogs. The she broke out a window and was planning to seek safety on the roof. By this time, the water was waist-high outside.
As she attempted to climb up, the force of the water pushed her back. Dogs in tow, the water swept her to a fence that somehow was holding firm against the torrent. But after a while, the fence gave way.
"At that point, I lost complete and total control," Gregg told KXAN. "And I saw two of my dogs wash away."
Some, still holding on to the one remaining dog, Gregg grabbed hold of a floating tire and then found a sturdy tree in the current. A rescue boat, that would go on to save some 40 people from Onion Creek by 7:30 Thursday morning appeared in the night. Gregg called out and over the boat came.
"They came over an got us," she said, her voice choked with emotion. "And I am so grateful."
Still she figured that the 18 horses who live on the property were also swept away.
Thursday 20-30 horses in the area were still missing. "The sad part is a lot of them didn't make it. A lot of them either got caught in wires or washed down stream , said Paul Silver who owns a horse. He was able to save his horse but fears many didn't make it. "These are pets for a lot of these folks. This is a family member who's been put in harms way, he said.
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