Tag Archives: Onion Creek floodplain

Monday, July 22, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

One year later: The new life of the old Onion Creek flood plain

Since 1999, the city of Austin has been working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to buy homeowners out of the Onion Creek flood zone. Last year, when the Watershed Protection Department completed the buyout program, 813 houses had…

Friday, May 12, 2017 by Nina Hernandez

Years after deadly storms, city still lacks comprehensive flood policy

In the wake of devastating flooding over Memorial Day Weekend in 2015, City Council established the 22-member Flood Mitigation Task Force to examine the city’s flood preparedness and come up with a list of recommendations for how to better prepare…

Thursday, September 11, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

District 2 candidates battle to champion Southeast

Three candidates vying to represent Southeast Austin agree — the district has long been ignored and needs a voice on City Council.District 2 covers much of Southeast Austin, including the Dove Springs and Onion Creek neighborhoods and the area surrounding…

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,…

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 by Mark Richardson

Despite ruling, city expects no immediate change to drainage fee

A judge’s ruling rendering a portion of the city’s Drainage Fee invalid could put millions of dollars worth of critical flood control and watershed protection programs at risk. State District Judge Amy Clark Meachum ruled Friday that the flat $9.20…

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…

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by Michael Kanin

City in line for flood buyout reimbursements from Corps of Engineers

Austin City Council members got a bit of good news with regard to buyouts in the Onion Creek floodplain. The city’s governmental relations officer, John Hrncir, told Council members during Tuesday’s work session that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers…

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.  …

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…

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…

Thursday, November 7, 2013 by Mark Richardson

City, county to expand home buyouts for flooded areas

The City of Austin and Travis County are both preparing to expand their ongoing programs to buy and demolish the homes of residents who live in flood-prone areas. And with last week’s severe flooding in the Onion Creek 25-year flood…

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Local leaders file disaster declarations in hope of federal assistance

Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe, and Hays County Judge Bert Cobb have each filed local disaster declarations in the wake of massive flooding that struck Central Texas last week. The move could preface action by Texas…

Monday, November 4, 2013 by Jo Clifton

City, county pour staff and materials into helping flood victims

On Sunday morning, In Fact Daily Editor Jo Clifton accompanied Council Member Laura Morrison on a drive to the flood-damaged Onion Creek Neighborhood.    Residents of the hardest hit areas of this Southeast Austin neighborhood continue to sort ruined belongings…

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