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Local homes and businesses dealing with flood damage

October 17, 2013

According to the records of the Southern Regional Headquarters of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the largest single day rainfall in Austin in the month of October was 7.39 inches in 1923. That record fell the night of October 12, 2013.

The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network shows three rain stations in Oak Hill that had rain totals ranging from 9.53 to 11.26 inches, most of it falling in a 10-hour period.

Most Oak Hillians suffered little more than sleep deprivation from the barrage of thunder and pounding rain during the night; but some businesses and residences suffered damage from overflowing creekbeds or insufficient water drainage.

Businesses

The Oak Hill baseball and softball complex received approximately $100,000 in damage when Williamson Creek overflowed its banks. (See accompanying story.) Across U.S. 290 West, a restaurant also felt the wrath of the creek’s rushing waters.

Mike Dario, one of the managers of Austin Pizza Garden, said he arrived Sunday morning to find ankle deep water in the downstairs dining room, which warped the floor. The restaurant was closed for the day as employees did their best to remove the water and clean up. Wooden parking stops floated into a neighbor’s yard.

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