Friends, neighbors help start cleanup at badly flooded homes

Hill Country

MEADOWLAKES, Texas (KXAN) — Water from the Colorado River went down enough Wednesday to give dozens of homeowners their first chance to see what kind of damage Tuesday’s historic flooding caused. 

In the community of Meadowlakes near Marble Falls, 29 homes located along the riverfront suffered some kind of damage. 

David Schofman found a thick layer of mud covering the entire bottom floor of his waterfront home on Meadowlakes Drive. The waterline extended almost eight feet up the wall.

“In all of my imagination when we bought this house, we never dreamed that the water would come this high,” Schofman said. “We’ve never even seen it up in the yard, much less whatever it was.”

Friends and a couple neighbors brought heavy equipment and brooms to clear out some of the mud. They also helped move many of his family’s mud-covered belongings out to the front yard, and it’s unclear if anything is salvageable. The flooding destroyed his children’s bedroom on the first floor and swept away his boat and two jet-skis. 

“I found a jet-ski over in the tree over there,” he said, pointing to the left of his house, “but it’s not mine.”

Even more help will soon arrive for other flood victims in Burnet County in the form of donations. The First United Methodist Church, located at 1101 Bluebonnet Drive in Marble Falls, opened its gym Wednesday to serve as the central collection point. People are asked to drop off the following items: 

  • Bottled water / Gatorade
  • Cleaning supplies (gloves, bleach, cleaners with bleach, laundry soap, utility rags, paper towels, wipes, hand sanitizer) 
  • Tools (shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows, large fans, work gloves, buckets, sorting bins) 
  • Garbage bags 
  • Gift cards (Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart, HEB) 
  • NO used clothing or furniture

Ellen Ely, the church’s senior pastor, said she and her church members felt a “calling” to do whatever they could to help with the relief effort. 

“There are people in such definite need — people who have lost everything, people who have had serious damage to the first floor of their homes and some of whom have had it completely through their homes,” Ely said. “It’s going to be a process, definitely a marathon, not a sprint.” 

Back at Schofman’s home on the riverfront, the extent of the damage has caused him to question if it’s worth rebuilding. 

“Before we do anything,” he said, “I think we’re going to have to re-think the whole program, so we’ll see.”

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