Bastrop County flood victim sees damage to house


BASTROP COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Ellie Hernandez is disgusted when she opens the front door to her house on Bowie Dr. near Travis Rd. in Bastrop County.

“It’s nasty,” says Hernandez once she walks inside.

It’s not a typical reaction when you walk into your home, unless your house just flooded. Hernandez saw the inside of her home for the first time Monday afternoon, after Sunday’s flood.

Despite the wet floor Hernandez now has to deal with, she got an unexpected greeter once inside her house.

“I found Moochy,” said Hernandez with tears in her eyes.

Moochy is her cat that survived the flood. Hernandez says she had no idea where Moochy was hiding.

This is the second time Ellie’s house has flooded. She says she was hit during the Memorial Day floods last year.

“We just started all over again, we just now started getting our furniture and everything situated where we were comfortable again,” says Hernandez tearfully. “Now we don’t have anything again.”

And it’s not just her stuff that’s ruined. Two families live in the house, including Ellie’s daughter and grandchildren. Hernandez showed us her daughter’s room that had soaked diapers on the floor and a wet TV, all from floodwaters.

“What are we supposed to do? Where are we supposed to go?” says Hernandez.

Even though floodwaters crept into her house yet again, Hernandez isn’t giving up on a place she’s spent eight years making her home. She says she will rebuild.

Bastrop County is one of nine counties in Texas that has been declared a disaster area.

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