Easter in Austin a little different due to flood cleanup
The devastating Halloween flood in Austin is still having a big impact on our city even though it's been 6 months. Today Easter was a little bit different due to the continuing clean up.
Richard Moya Park is in no condition for an Easter egg hunt. It's been under lock and key since the Halloween flood took a toll on it 6 months ago.
Little Axel Castro found out the hard way.
"A little bit sad because I really wanted to crack some eggs," Castro said.
Don't worry, Axel's family took him to an open park instead.
FEMA funding is available to clean Travis County parks like Moya and Barkley Meadows but progress has been slow.
The city tells us all of their parks are open. And Travis County plans to re-open Moya and Barkley Meadows by June.
First Independent Baptist Church was damaged badly in the flood. But Pastor Mike Marcellus says the auditorium was packed for three different Easter services.
"This week we got our insulation in the auditorium put up. And so we move forward a little bit at a time. The week before that we received our new chairs for the auditorium and they're just gorgeous. So a little bit at a time, we've got a long ways to go but it's steady and we keep moving forward," he said.
Marcellus says they've received donations from all over the nation to help with recovery. He says his congregation has a great outlook on the situation.
"They believe that God's going to take care of this. They believe that there are a lot of people that are going to come along side of us and help us," Marcellus said.
The pastor says they still need a little help with electricity and plumbing needs. He hopes the building will be in good shape in a few months...if not he says his people are excited anyway...and they'll keep the faith.