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Flood recovery efforts stall through holiday season

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TWC News: Flood recovery efforts stall through holiday season
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While some neighborhoods are decorated with lights and holiday cheer this time of year, many houses in the Dove Springs area remain empty.

Flooding on Halloween morning destroyed hundreds of homes in southeast Austin, killing seven people in Central Texas total.

"As soon as my dad saw the water rising we got on the roof and we were there for six hours,” flood victim Sarah Bustos said. “During the flood we could hear people yelling help, but I couldn't really do anything."

Almost two months later, the traumatizing experience of surviving the Oct. 31 floods is still real for Sarah, who is just 15 years old.

"Our house is on the list to get bought out by the city so right now we're just kind of waiting for them to come and say, ‘Hey you can go now,’" she said.

The Austin Disaster Relief Network is made up of more than 100 area churches. Stephen Brewer with the network says the needs of the area have shifted to rebuilding, and skilled workers are in demand. He says the victims need help healing, too.

"I think a lot of the people in the community are not aware of the needs that still exist," Brewer said. "We'll connect them with one of these churches to help them get back on their feet in pretty basic ways. In helping them meet their physical needs as well as their emotional and spiritual needs."

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