Travis Co. Commissioners to discuss flood buyout program

Travis Co. Commissioners to discuss flood buyout program

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In the Timber Creek neighborhood, several residents say they feel a little forgotten and now they want the county to buy them out. Because of the flash flood Thursday Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe told FOX7 a re-boot of a previous buyout program is going to be on the Commissioner's Court agenda next week.

One switch at a time utility crews spent Friday trying to re-connect the flow of electricity into timber creek. While power is expected to be back on Saturday cleanup is expected to take much longer.

"I cried, all day yesterday," said Crystal Kahookele.

She and her father moved into a Timber Creek rental trailer back in April. She spent her own money making renovations but Thursday morning all that work was washed away. Her options now are limited.

"Put every penny I have back into getting the home back, try to get help where I can and try to fix it myself," said Kahookele, who also said she regrets not buying renters insurance.

Video recorded by a crew from Texas Parks and Wildlife shows how the high the water poured into the residential area. Friday the force of the water could be clearly seen. Asphalt was peeled off of Pearce Lane. Several mobile homes were also pushed into roadways and into other homes.

Several years ago a part of Timber Creek was bought out as part of a flood plain management program. Some residents now say they want the county to take the rest of the neighborhood.

"It's been bad, yeah it's been tough, but we'll get through it," said Dustin Moran who was going through soggy keepsakes.

Moran and his father, Joe, say they are ready to pull up stakes as they pointed out the high water marks on their house. The homes on their street,

They say, were not eligible for the buyout program when it was first offered. Missing another chance is not an option according to Joe Moran.

"Nah, I can't its ... there could have been lives lost out here, yesterday," said Moran.

County Commissioners are expected to take up the problem facing Timber Creek residents next week. Friday afternoon, County Judge Sam Biscoe told FOX 7 finding a way to expand the buyout program into the rest of the neighborhood will be on the agenda. The Moran family is ready to take a check.

"I want out of here ... Yeah, that's it give me enough money to move, I'm gone," said Joe Moran.

If the buyout program is expanded, Judge Biscoe wants it done on a voluntary basis and not through eminent domain powers. There is no guarantee County Commissioners will make a change and there is no guarantee everyone in Timber Creek will take the money and move. A few homes are on higher ground and were not flooded. For them, staying is still an option.

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