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City, County To Focus On Helping Flood Victims Today

Updated: Tuesday, December 3 2013, 06:02 AM CST
Later today, leaders from the city and county level will turn their attention to helping victims of the devastating Halloween floods.

This while those living in the Onion Creek area have their own ideas about what can be done better going forward.

More than 100 homes have been bought out in the flood zone so far and more could be on the way. Travis County Commissioners expect to bring up the topic again Tuesday morning, along with waiving permit fees and cleaning up debris.

Also on Tuesday, the city's Public Health and Human Services committee tells KEYE-TV they'll look at the mold problem in Onion Creek, helping victims with utilities and birth certificates, and flu shots.

On Monday, during a meeting with Austin's Public Safety Commission, neighborhood leaders told fire officials they're interested in having a backup system in case flood gauges break again, suggesting ideas like infrared cameras and, if those fail, a specialized visual team.

"A specialized team that could probably get out there, get a visual on what's going on and get the information back into the Office of Emergency Management," said Mario Cantu of the Austin Neighborhoods Council.

Austin fire officials say they'll have a final report card on what went wrong during flooding response by the spring.City, County To Focus On Helping Flood Victims Today

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