Another challenge for people living along Williamson Creek is flooding. The creek floods constantly and easily after heavy rain. Developers built the neighborhoods along the creek using inaccurate flood zone maps. Residents living near Williamson Creek have always experienced some sort of flooding. For example, in 2001 residents living near Williamson Creek experienced a two-day rainstorm that brought about 14 inches of rain, causing major flooding. Despite the creek’s reputation for flooding, homeowners were reluctant to move since they had already planted roots in the neighborhood. One noted that she did not realize that her house was at risk of flooding.
“Her Realtor and the seller’s agent told her the house was in a flood plain but said it was not a dangerous purchase” 1
The infamous Halloween Flood occurred on October 31, 2013 damaging over 200 homes along Williamson and Onion Creeks and taking the lives of five people. Just a week before this devastating flood homeowners were already suspecting the worst but no one in the area expected a flood as devastating as this. Just a week before this on October 13, 2013 there was a smaller flood that damaged at least 100 houses. The creek had a reputation for flooding people's homes, but yet no one wanted to leave. Homeowners had already planted roots in this neighborhood and wouldn't even think about moving out. As you can see from this quote people had spent time and money on their houses and wanted to make it work the best way they could.
She has lived in her house for nine years and doesn’t want to leave 2
The city of Austin is looking into buying out houses in the areas along the river that are being affected by flooding. The city of Austin is in the process of buying over 60 homes in the neighborhoods along the creek that are in the floodplain according to new maps. Ultimately for the safety of the residents along the creek the buyouts will affect all homeowners in the immediate area.