APD says 2 flood damaged homes burglarized

APD says 2 flood damaged homes burglarized

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Throughout the day two classes of APD cadets, 70 total, walked the flood-damaged neighborhoods in the Onion Creek area.

"What we've been doing is we've canvassed the entire affected neighborhood here," said Police Chief Art Acevedo.

Austin Police are making their presence known in an effort to prevent thefts in the area. Chief Acevedo confirms there were two reports of burglaries in one neighborhood, but won't say there has been looting.

"Looting is widespread thievery when an event, whether it's a riot or natural disaster occurs," he said Tuesday.

In addition to police, dozens of city employees huddled up to get their instructions for the day. They were divided into teams led by code compliance inspectors and Austin firefighters. They spent the afternoon going house to house, speaking with residents impacted by the flooding and assisting with clean up.

"They came to help us this morning clean out the backyard because we had heavy metals back there, they helped us out," says Rafael Umana.

Down the street, David Anguiano says the information being passed out by city employees and volunteers has been helpful in order to get the right resources. He's started the cleanup process at his house where a neighbor's car was pushed into the front of his garage. He says it helped save his and his family's lives because they were able to climb on top of it to get to the roof.

"I about ran out of options. Neighbors tried to pass me ladders, the current was so strong it took the ladders. That was all I needed to set my 3-year-old granddaughter up on top."

Residents were also being notified about a town hall style meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Perez Elementary School. City officials will be in attendance to discuss flooding resources and answer questions.

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