Residents forced out of their homes by this week's flooding are starting to return to their neighborhoods. Austin Police officers are stationed at the entrance to some Onion Creek neighborhoods checking I.D.s to make sure those trying to enter have a reason to be there. In the Onion Creek Forest neighborhood, residents are finding out how much damage was done and what, if any, belongings were spared. People were laying out clothing and photographs to dry. They were also getting rid of debris and items destroyed in the flood. Shelby Brown evacuated early Thursday morning when the water started to rise very quickly in his neighborhood.
"It was coming really fast. In a matter of minutes, people's cars were submerged and under water. It was really scary. I had an 18-month old son, my wife, had my mother holding on to me, trying to get through water," Brown told FOX 7. He says there was about five feet of water in his home and nearly everything was destroyed.
City of Austin officials say not every resident will be able to go home. Some areas are highly damaged and still considered unsafe. City Code Enforcement inspectors will be visiting as many as 1,100 homes over the weekend to determine whether they are safe. Properties marked with a yellow sign have been deemed substandard, meaning there is minor damage. Homes with a red sign are ruled uninhabitable. Those homes will be fenced off and residents not allowed to go inside. Residents with questions can call 3-1-1.