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Tag Archives: Halloween Flood

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Environmental Commission moves Onion Creek buyout plan forward

Over four years after the 2013 Halloween floods racked the Onion Creek neighborhoods, the Environmental Commission voted unanimously at its Dec. 6 meeting to approve staff’s recommendation to move forward with 128 buyouts of houses at immediate risk of flooding…

Thursday, December 10, 2015 by Jack Craver

Fire department touts improved flood performance

Larry Jantzen, chief of special operations with the Austin Fire Department, told members of the Public Safety Commission on Monday that the department was able to respond more quickly and effectively to the Oct. 30 floods because of improvements it…

Monday, April 27, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council hits brakes on flood buyout

Last week, City Council voted unanimously to delay a proposed flood buyout in Northwest Austin in order to give members time to learn more about the program.Council is currently considering funding up to $328,000 for the purchase and closing costs…

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 by Mark Richardson

Flood victims tell of bureaucratic nightmare

A Travis County couple whose home was heavily damaged by the Halloween Flood last November told County Commissioners Tuesday of a 10-month ordeal of bureaucratic intransigence, inflexible regulations and endless red tape in their quest to get a permit to…

Monday, August 18, 2014 by Gene Davis

No ballot question on Onion Creek buyout

  The question of whether Austin should buy out 240 at-risk homes in the Onion Creek floodplain will not go before voters in November.During a special called meeting Friday, Austin City Council voted 5-1 against putting the buyout proposal on the…

Monday, August 11, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Environmental Board rejects fee hike for buyouts

A plan to finance Onion Creek home buyouts through an increase in the city’s drainage utility fee found no support at the Environmental Board last week. Board members asked City Council members to find another way.In a resolution passed Wednesday,…

Thursday, July 31, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

FY 2015 budget features small jumps in property taxes, fees

City budget writers are proposing a 2.2-cent decrease in property taxes for Fiscal Year 2014-15 but because the valuation on many properties has gone up, most property owners will still be paying higher taxes, according to Chief Financial Officer Elaine…

Friday, June 27, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council approves funds for buyout of 140 more homes in Onion Creek

Though some relief is on the way for Halloween Flood survivors, the fact that nearly 15 percent of the funds could be spent on consultants raised some eyebrows at City Council Thursday.   Council members approved all four items related…

Friday, May 16, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council OKs two measures to speed buyouts in flood-prone areas

More than six months have passed since Austin’s Halloween flood. At nearly 1 a.m. Friday, Onion Creek residents gathered at City Hall learned that relief may be in sight in the form of an expanded city buyout program.   Two…

Friday, May 2, 2014 by Mark Richardson

Community group seeks organized assistance for flood victims

A community organization called the Travis Austin Recovery Group (TARG), formed in the aftermath of the historic 2013 Halloween floods, is noting the six-month anniversary of the event with the release of a Draft Recovery Plan for the people and…

Friday, April 25, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Martinez proposes that city issue debt to buy out flooded homes

Austin City Council Member Mike Martinez will announce a proposal at 10 a.m. today that would have the potential of greatly accelerating buyouts for homeowners whose houses were damaged or destroyed in last year’s Halloween floods on Onion Creek.  …

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by Mark Richardson

Halloween flood report points to shortcomings of emergency response

An after-action report on the City of Austin and Travis County’s response to the Halloween flood released last week said that there were myriad serious problems with the response to the emergency. Chief among them was a lack of ability…

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 by Jimmy Maas

Travis County still working on finalizing flood buyout program

Four and a half months after the devastating Halloween floods, the county still doesn’t have a definitive buyout plan for all of the affected properties in the Bluff Springs Road area.   After an hour of public discussion, and even…

Thursday, March 6, 2014 by Mark Richardson

Austin wins nearly $12 million in federal funds for Onion Creek

The City of Austin will receive $11.8 million in federal funding for the Onion Creek – Lower Colorado River Basin Project now that Congress finally loosened its purse strings and approved spending the money.   The funds – which will…

Friday, February 28, 2014 by Mark Richardson

Austin still needs nearly $100 million for flood plain buyout

Four months after raging floodwaters damaged and destroyed dozens of homes in the Onion Creek neighborhood in southeast Austin, city officials say it could cost between $80 million and $100 million to complete a buyout of homes in the flood…

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by Mark Richardson

County finds just $4.3 million to buy flood-ravaged homes

Travis County officials say they have searched their budgets, bond programs and possibly even the couch cushions to come up with $4.3 million to buy out damaged and destroyed homes from the Halloween floods.   But it will be another…

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 by Gene Davis

AFD calls for more rescue boats, improved notification systems

Just more than a month after the Halloween flood devastated parts of Austin and Travis County, Austin Fire Department representatives told the Public Safety Commission Monday that more rescue boats and an improved emergency notification system are needed to better…

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 by Mark Richardson

County official says damage from Halloween flood likely underestimated

A Travis County official says that estimates of the damage from the Halloween flood may have been “grossly underestimated,” and further examination of the damage could bring the total high enough to trigger federal aid.   Travis County Emergency Management…

Monday, November 18, 2013 by Mark Richardson

City promises local funding for 115 homes destroyed by flooding

City officials are disputing charges made by an ad hoc relief group last week that funding may not be available to buy out 115 Onion Creek area homes damaged or destroyed in the Halloween floods.   However, both City of…

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

City Council keeps it brief so staff can continue flood relief

The Austin City Council cut Thursday’s meeting short in order to allow city employees to continue with flood relief duties in the city, but they spent enough time on the dais to pass two significant measures for those affected by…

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