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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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…

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…

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…

Austin, Central Texas to begin recovery from major flood event

People across the Central Texas region woke Thursday morning to a major flood that local officials say will likely go down as a record event.   Some parts of South Austin and Hays County received almost 15 inches of rain,…

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