UPDATE 11 a.m. Saturday:The public is asked to not bring donations to the Dove Springs Center. Monetary donations can be sent to the Red Cross; clothing can be dropped off at local Salvation Army sites and non-perishable food items can be taken to Oak Hill Baptist Church at 6907 Convict Hill Road
Previously: Starting Friday, flood victims will be able to visit the Flood Assistance Center at the Dove Springs Recreational Center for help recovering from the story.
Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo called the center a “one-stop-shop” for flood victims in need of assistance. The center is located at 5801 Ainez Drive and will be open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. every day until further notice.
Closed since the flooding began, roads in the Onion Creek Forest neighborhood of Southeast Austin are expected to reopen this evening around 6:30 p.m. Only residents, landlords, homeowners and insurance adjusters will be allowed into the neighborhood and identification will be required.
The vehicle entry point will be at the intersection of William Cannon Drive and Pleasant Valley Road. Pedestrians are able to enter the neighborhood near the intersection of Quicksilver Boulevard and Canella Drive.
According to Acevedo, crews have towed about 100 damaged cars from that neighborhood.
Carl Smart, director of Austin’s Code Compliance Department, said about 40 code compliance officers are surveying affected areas.
So far, code compliance has tagged 17 homes as “unsafe” and fenced them off to prevent trespassers. Anyone who needs important items (such as medication) from a home deemed as such is asked to call 311 and an escort may be arranged.
Smart advised all residents returning home to proceed with caution and make arrangements to stay elsewhere if your home has been deemed unsafe.
Sam Angoori with Austin Resource Recovery asked residents to call 311 if they needed to dispose of hazardous materials in their homes. Other debris will be picked up at the curb.
Several dumpsters will be placed throughout the neighborhood in the coming days. Two have already been placed at the Dove Springs Recreation Shelter.
All city-maintained trails and Barton Springs Pool will remain closed until further notice.