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Onion Creek kids trick or treat a week after flood

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It's been a rough week for Austin flood victims.

Many are trying to figure out the next step when it comes to their damaged homes.

Mapi Vigil, managing engineer for the City of Austin Watershed Protection Dept. says the buyout program began back in '99 after the big flood of '98.

They determined about 483 homes in the Onion Creek area were considered higher risk so the city has been acquiring many of those properties since then.

They intended to buy 15 this fiscal year but after the Halloween flood, using city money, they're committed to buying 115.

Appraisals will begin next week and will fortunately be based on pre-flood conditions.

"They're going to begin with appraisal and they're going to begin in batches so they're going to be finalized and presenting the offers but because there's 115, they anticipate that by April they will be able to have all the offers out," Vigil said.

The city says after the homes are bought they'll be torn down to make way for a park sometime in the future as opposed to houses dangerously sitting in a flood plain.

Changing gears a little bit, many of the kids in the Onion Creek area didn't get to have a great Halloween...that all changed tonight with an Austin Police-sponsored trick or treat and soccer event at the Onion Creek soccer fields.

Austin Police Officer Paula Aguilar heads up the free soccer program for the neighborhood kids.

"Today is our last game. So I wanted it to be special. A lot of these families lost their homes. They lost everything, they stay at the shelters. And they made it out today. I wanted to make it like a trick or treat day also because they weren't able to enjoy their halloween," Aguilar said.

Volunteers provided candy and hot dogs.

Michael Moseley coaches the Perez Elementary team.

"We're happy to be out here to be able to play today. Cause it was all underwater just a few days ago," he said.

Moseley has a family of 8 and they lost everything in the flood.

"Lost the house, lost all the clothes, lost all the vehicles...there's nothing left," Moseley said.

Moseley is staying at a nearby shelter and says everything they have now has been donated to them.

Aguilar has a big heart for the Onion Creek community.

"I was out there, I mean I have children telling me 'I lost my cleats,' I said 'just go with your shoes,' 'Well I don't have any shoes.' 'We'll get you some shoes,'" Aguilar said.

If you would like more information on all of the buyout stuff, head to atxfloods.com/buyout.

There's a map showing the 115 properties and some helpful information.

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