Central Texas Floods
We began assisting victims immediately following the floods. We served our clients as Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response (LSSDR). While our name has changed to Upbring Disaster Response, we remain diligent to our mission to serve those impacted by disasters in the Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana areas.
Halloween Flood Disaster Response
In Austin, the “Halloween Floods” from October 2013 presented several challenges for the Onion Creek and other South Austin communities. The request for a federal declaration to provide individual assistance to impacted families was rejected. This resulted in the denial of financial resources to hundreds of families in need. A number of these families are elderly and/or disabled and living on a fixed income of primarily social security benefits.
Many families are attempting to move forward with recovery. However, there are also many whose homes reside in floodplains and will be unable to repair/rebuild on their current sites. The City of Austin, including some cases in Travis County, has been operating a buyout program for homes in these floodplains that pre-dates this flood event. As more homes are added to that buyout list, the issue remains that the city and county do not have the funds available to complete the buyouts.
Funding issues have put a number of families in limbo, as delayed resources prevent relocation, and utilizing limited repair funds is not feasible in such circumstances. Currently, some progress is being made to prioritize cases and free up buyout funding.
We stepped in to help victims shortly after the devastating floods in the Pflugerville, Onion Creek, Manchaca, Buda, Del Valle, San Marcos and Wimberley areas. We remain with these families, assisting them through the long term recovery.