A History of Flooding in Austin

Posted at: 04/16/2013 6:56 PM
By: Justin Thompson-Gee

(ABC 6 News) -- The Leif family has had their share of battles with Austin’s Cedar River. If they received 6.5” of rain, they would start sand bagging says Deb Leif. In 2004 Mrs. Leif looked out of her window at 4am and saw that the river was in her driveway.

"They were worried about trying to sandbag the main floor, and then I said, ‘What do we do now?’ Nothing, I don't know, they were out of sandbags" says Mrs. Leif.

Luckily the water never reached the main floor, but the worst of the problems had just begun. The flood left behind thick mud full of river varmints including rats and opossums. After the mud was cleared out it would take about three months to get the house back into the condition it was before the flood arrived, says Paul Leif.

The 2004 Cedar River flood was the final straw for the family and even though they loved the area and loved the house, they began to search for a home far away from any water.

“This is probably the highest, direst ground in town without being up some place. The whole city would basically have to be underwater before this area to get it” says Deb Leif about her new home.

But even though the family has now moved, the flood memories and the help of neighbors will never be forgotten.