Texas flood survivor: 'We didn't have any warning'




Posted on November 1, 2013 at 9:24 AM

AUSTIN, Texas -- The look on a lot of people’s faces as they dig through their wet belongings in their flooded homes in Southeast Austin is a look of disbelief.

“We didn’t have any warning,” said Grace Briseno.

Early Thursday morning, water from the storms started pouring into Briseno’s brother’s home.

“Water started coming up the front, back, garage – everywhere. We didn't know what to do or where to go so we're freaking out, what's going on,” she said.

Briseno, along with 14 other people including her family and neighbors climbed up a ladder onto the roof, while another neighbor frantically called 911.

Within minutes, Briseno says water started rising up over their cars, pushing them against posts, homes and moving them down the street.

“A lot of the mailboxes were taken. That one's gone, my brother's is gone, and the neighbor's is gone. You could see the water rising up over the mailboxes to the windows,” said Briseno.

Tape in the shape of an “X” marked the spots where Austin firefighters had checked cars and homes for survivors.

Debris still clutters yards filled with mud, and Briseno says her brother’s house is ruined.

“They lost everything. There are wet clothes and we're trying to salvage what we can because they're displaced. They literally lost everything."

As of Thursday evening, all homeowners in the Southeast Austin area were allowed to return to their homes. Several streets are still blocked off.