floods http://kut.org en Nearly 200 Austin Students Are Homeless Because of Onion Creek Flooding http://kut.org/post/nearly-200-austin-students-are-homeless-because-onion-creek-flooding <p>The floods last Thursday in Onion Creek and Dove Springs damaged or destroyed more than 1,000 homes, displacing families&nbsp;–&nbsp;many of them with children.&nbsp;</p><p>Bene Jacobs, her partner Lawrence, and their three children are one such family. They were rescued from the roof of her neighbor's home.</p><p>“My five year old was holding my 16 month old on top of the roof," she says.</p><p>While her family is okay, her home has been condemned.</p><p>“All of the walls are buckled and the tree fell on top of the roof so they said it’s no longer safe to enter the premise, so it’s fenced off," she says.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/119061519" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Kate McGee 9139 at http://kut.org Nearly 200 Austin Students Are Homeless Because of Onion Creek Flooding Lack of Bilingual Communication Hampered Relief Efforts After Halloween Floods http://kut.org/post/lack-bilingual-communication-hampered-relief-efforts-after-halloween-floods <p>Residents and teachers at Perez Elementary say little information was distributed to residents immediately after flooding in Austin's Onion Creek and Dove Springs neighborhoods last week, leaving some residents confused and unsure where to turn — especially those who don't speak English.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When&nbsp;</span>Pompilio<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Perez left his home in Dove Springs to go to work at 5 a.m. last Thursday morning. It was raining, but there was no sign of flooding. Thirty minutes later he couldn’t even drive down his own street where his wife, Ana, and his three children were at home. Ana Perez and her kids were rescued from their roof and, by Saturday, they had returned. At that point, she says, they hadn’t received any help.</span></p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 17:24:15 +0000 Kate McGee 9092 at http://kut.org Lack of Bilingual Communication Hampered Relief Efforts After Halloween Floods