LAKE TRAVIS, Texas (KXAN) — After spending the summer renovating their lake house in the Graveyard Point neighborhood along Lake Travis, Sandra Coe and her family were looking forward to enjoying the lake together.
Instead, they spent the day Tuesday packing up the house and moving everything they could to higher ground.
“We painted and built cabinets and put new walls in – flooring and ceiling, and cabinets in,” said Coe. “This was our first summer. We’ve had a renter in it and we’ve not been able to use it.”
The renter has since moved out. Now she says she believes the flooding will lead to more necessary repairs and renovations on the property.
“Now the rain has come and we knew that it would happen. So, it’s going to flood and it’s hard to know when. It’s hard to know how long you have before you can get out,” she said. “It’s not ‘if,’ it’s ‘when’ it’s going to flood again because it’s always flooded. Graveyard Point has always flooded, but since it had flooded just a couple of years ago, I was playing the odds, that maybe it wouldn’t happen again at least for a year or two.”
The lake house has been in the family for more than 60 years.
“It’s never easy and it’s so messy and so bad after it floods,” she continued. “All the electrical plugs and the wiring, everything will have to be redone. But, sitting on the porch and loving the lake, it’s all worth it, I guess.”
Although she’s not sure how bad the damage will be, Coe says they’ll do what they need to in order to enjoy the home when they can.
“We’ll just move the furniture to the back and get trailers and trucks, and move it out. That’s what we’ll do! We’ll move it out and take it and put it in storage, and then when it dries up and [the water] goes down, we’ll move back,” Coe said.
While Coe was busy, so were deputies with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office. They spent much of the day knocking on doors in the neighborhood concerning the voluntary evacuation and alerting residents to rising waters on Lake Travis.