MARBLE FALLS, Texas (KXAN) — A woman and her children worked quickly to grab a few belongings before floodwater crept into their house from a nearby creek.
Angelica Garay spent Tuesday morning quickly bagging up clothes, blankets and pictures because her house near Avenue M and Second Street in Marble Falls was about to be flooded. By the time she left, the water was already up to her front porch.
“It starts to hit you that, yeah, I could come back to nothing,” Garay said.
The flooding came from Whitman Branch, which connects to Backbone Creek and the Colorado River. Garay said the water had only ever come that high in 2006, but it didn’t get into her house. This time, however, it did.
“I told my kids, hey, we’re going to be okay. We’re safe, but if the house goes,” she said, “it’s not just our home, it’s sentimental, as well.”
The home belonged to Garay’s parents, who have both now died. She collected some of her priceless pictures of them before evacuating.
“Yes, I have memories,”Garay said, “but my photos I can’t get back.”
Since her home flooded, she’s now staying with one of her sisters nearby. Other people who evacuated in the area are staying at the Marble Falls First Baptist Church, which opened up Tuesday afternoon.
“We have a group coming in to bring big showering units and feeding units to come and help,” Pastor Ross Chandler said. “We have a commercial kitchen. I think we can feed people and give them a place to sleep for quite some time.”
Pastor Chandler said his church opened up last year as a shelter to evacuees from Hurricane Harvey. However, this time, the destruction hit much closer to home.
“We have our own members who are also flooded,” Chandler said. “I just spoke with one of them a moment ago, and he and his grandparents have lost their homes. There are a lot of people who have been in a pretty bad situation.”