Crews rescue flood victims in SE Travis Co.

Crews rescue flood victims in SE Travis Co.

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Another hard hit neighborhood is the Timber Creek subdivision in southeast Travis County. The area went under quickly and not only trapped residents, but also some of the emergency teams who went in to rescue them.

A little before 5 p.m. Thursday afternoon a Texas National Guard truck rolled out of the timber creek neighborhood with one last load of flood survivors.

After the soldiers eased Marlene Zipperer down and onto dry ground she praised those who saved her.

"It's so ... God bless them I'm thankful for them," said Zipperer.

Once off the truck, Zipperer was greeted by her grandson Chris Chandler.

"I've been calling back and forth making sure they're OK, especially my MeMa I always have to make sure she is OK," said Chandler.

Video from Texas Parks and Wildlife showed how flood waters from Onion Creek swept across Pearce Lane and into the small neighborhood. While some chose to stay in their homes- others were caught a ride out on the Guard truck. Those who walked out were cheered by neighbors who had escaped earlier as well as worried family members.

"We were, he went to school at 7 and by 8:30 the water was already up and over pearce lane," said April Thixton.

The force of the flood waters pushed some homes off their foundations and into roadways. Before the guard's big trucks could roll in, people were literally being pulled out by boat and by helicopter.

Throughout the morning STARflight pulled out clusters of stranded residents. One group that was reeled in- included a family with a small child. Later in the day - another child was carried out by a sheriff's deputy. She had been trapped with her baby-sitter's family. The re-union with her mother brought tears and smiles.

"It feels good, we were nervous," said Martha Villegas the child's aunt.

Even emergency responders were caught up in the flash flood and had to air-lifted out. Two deputies escaped with their lives and their long guns which hung from their sides. After spinning in the air above the flood waters they hit the ground thankful to be out no worse for wear. Although that can't be said for their patrol unit and a couple of other law enforcement vehicles that were towed out after the flood waters receded.

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