James Murff knows his South Austin neighborhood, but it certainly looked different on Monday.
"You get used to a landscape looking a certain way and you come out the next day and it's a completely different place," Murff said.
Williamson Creek hasn't cause this much trouble since two hurricanes reached Austin back in the 1990s.
For most people, the damage was minor.
"I'm in shock and denial because it's '98 all over again," said one resident named Peggy, who asked that YNN doesn’t use her last name.
She said the cleanup won't begin until she finally hangs up the phone.
"It all starts with a bunch of phone calls, calling my homeowners insurance, flood insurance,” she said. “I just called three fence companies to get bids on my fence."
Others noticed how Mother Nature did a little outdoor housekeeping.
"There's a bunch of trees that were falling down or standing dead and this just cleans them up and takes them out," Murff said.
The power of water was on full display this weekend.
"You see shipping containers propped up on a tree like it's nothing it's just amazing,” Murff said.
The cleanup isn't easy or cheap. Take, for example, a cargo crate that washed up into a 200-year-old tree. Heritage trees are protected, so the owner has to hire someone to carefully remove the debris while causing as little damage as possible to the tree. Such services can cost $200 per hour.
The crate was one of three that washed down Williamson Creek on Sunday. It took a towing crew and three different vehicles to fish them out of the waterway.
"The magnitude of what has been scattered and moved and changed is incredible," Murff said.
It'll take an incredible effort to make Murff's neighborhood one he can recognize again.