Officials gear up to face storms

Officials gear up to face storms

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The barricades are up and emergency crews are on standby in Sunset Valley and South Austin.

Both areas got 12 inches of rain three days ago and emergency crews don't want any surprises Tuesday night.

In Sunset Valley early Sunday morning, a small tributary down the street from the police department climbed four feet stranding a couple in their SUV. The police chief and another officer waded through the raging water and broke out the window to get them to safety.

On Tuesday, the bridge was busy with city crews hustling to clear out debris left from the storm.

"So that if it does rain again there is nothing to obstruct the flow of the water," explained Lt. Rich Andreucci.

Lt. Rich Andreucci walked us through the city's plan for round two.

"We have extra officers coming on at four o'clock in addition to the officers already scheduled to work. The chief and I are planning on just staying here until it passes," Andeucci said.

City Hall will remain open. Andreucci says employees from every city department will stay until the storm is over.

Barricades are out and ready to go.

"We don't want to have to pull anybody out of the car again," Andreucci said.

At the city park volunteers worked to clean what they could.

Homeowners will spend the night making repairs. For Lauren Barr that means tearing down the water-logged drywall.

"We're just trying to keep it into perspective. If it's going to happen it's going to happen. The only thing we did to prepare was to make sure all the debris moved from the front," said Barr.

You can still see the water line on her truck outside. Inside her home it was ankle deep.

The City of Austin will be closely monitoring Williamson Creek and Onion Creek where homeowners were also flooded out of their homes.

A spokesperson says Austin crews also spent Tuesday clearing debris. Public works crews will be on standby throughout the overnight hours.

Victims of the previous weather event are just hoping they're spared this time.

"We're just going to continue to be positive and be ready to leave. I think this time we're going to watch the storm instead of going to sleep," said Barr.

If there is a need for evacuations in Sunset Valley, officers will activate their code red system, that's a reverse 9-1-1. Their advice to residents--be ready for police to knock on your door.

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