Flood victims say it’ll take months for lives to return to normal

Travis County

LAGO VISTA, Texas (KXAN) — Homeowners in Lago Vista have a long road ahead to try to get back to normal. They’ve been out of their homes for days, and a lot of their belongings are gone. 

“It’s just devastating. I had 3.5 feet of water in my home,” one homeowner told KXAN. “Before the floodwater receded, and it was at its peak, I was literally shaking.”

She said she lost a lot of her belongings. She had three piles of damaged items in front of her home. 

“Since I’ve lived here, in the last 15 years, this is the worst flood,” she explained. “I have nowhere to live. And I have nothing. I have things, but I don’t, it’s just complete devastation.”

Monday, the American Red Cross set up shop in Lago Vista to provide supplies and support.

They distributed supplies and guided people through the recovery process.

“It’s been very busy,” a volunteer said. “We’re on the road usually by 7:30 or 8 in the morning, and sometimes we get back around 8 or so at night, so it has been busy. But at the same time, that’s why we came.”

Red Cross stationed volunteers at a coffee shop called Casa Mexico. The cafe became a makeshift donation and support headquarters when people started looking for ways to help.

“We were full of water, chlorine, gloves, masks and everything has been gone, so people keep bringing stuff,” said owner Karla Berry. “There’s people who say I don’t have money to bring donations, but I’m here to help. I can go help clean houses, just tell me what can I do.”

The homeowner we spoke with said, “This will take months, for this to get cleaned up. A long long time.”

But she’s glad she’s alive. “That’s how you have to look at it honestly. That’s what it’s about. You have to put it in perspective, and this is just stuff. It’s a lot of work. One day it’s going to be okay. It’s going to be beautiful again one day.”

The American Red Cross will set up delivery sites at different places throughout the week.

  • Tuesday: Lake Travis Community Library at 1938 Lohmans Crossing Rd., Lakeway, Texas 78734 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday: First Baptist Church Granite Shoals at 505 S. Phillip Ranch Road, Granite Shoals, Texas 78654 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday: Boys and Girls Club of Marble Falls – 1701 Broadway, Marble Falls, Texas, 78654 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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