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25 Sunset Valley residents slept at City Hall due to flooding

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William Cannon Drive quickly became a problem early Sunday morning as drivers stalled on the road due to the heavy rains that fell in that area.

Austin P.D. closed the road.
  
In nearby Sunset Valley, police had their first low water rescue on Lone Oak at 1:30 Sunday morning. 

"The police chief actually had to break the back window out of the car with an asp and then he pulled them out, handed them to another officer and then they got them out of there safely," Lt. Rich Adreucci with Sunset Valley Police said.

Adreucci says when the bridges started flooding they sent out a "Code Red" and also started knocking on people's doors to get them to safety.

"We ended up evacuating 21 homes and having about 25 people here at the City Hall.  We have some bunks out and people kind of crashed here until they could either get back home or go to family and friends houses," Adreucci said.

This wasn't your average heavy rain according to the Lieutenant.

"We've had some of the bridges flood but never like this," he said.

Sunset Valley resident Randy Williams built his house 8 years ago.  He's never seen it flood that much either.

He and his family were watching a movie when their power went out.

"So then we were kind of finding candles, getting the flashlights out, checking out...you know what to do about that...and we started hearing a big sound.  Like a roaring sound, kind of like a train going by and we thought 'jeez we better go look at that' and it was the creek," Williams said.

One street over on Pillow road, they took on quite a bit of water.
 
Fletcher Mchone along with his mom and sister were evacuated.

"They had life vests and helmets and they had us put it on and they walked us out through the street which is completely flooded.  There was a fire engine and cop cars," he said.

Fletcher says water actually flowed under their house forming an ocean in their backyard...flooding their cars, sweeping away patio furniture and even providing them with a new kayak!

"It probably washed way down the river and it'd be really hard to...I mean maybe we'll put out like an ad or something...'lost kayak,'" Fletcher joked.

While we were shooting this story, Lauren Ide, the kayak owner from a few streets over showed up looking for it.

"I thought 'well I'll just drive down Pillow because that would be the next place for it to go.'  And then I saw her outside and thought I'd ask," Ide said.

Ide wasn't home during the flooding, but like Fletcher and his family...her roommates had a rough night.

"She and her daughter got evacuated.  And her car got flooded!  It's bad at our house," Ide said.

Some Sunset Valley police officers actually slept at the station.

They say, that way, if things got bad again, they could have a quick response time.


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