Maria Hernandez recorded floodwaters rushing past her house on her cell phone. The rising water eventually forced her onto her roof.
"It's not that easy to help everybody at once,” she said. “We're so many, we're so many that need help."
A day after the disaster, reality hit hard.
"And we don't have anything,” Hernandez said. “Everything was gone. Everything's gone -- food, everything."
In this working class neighborhood, many families struggle just to get by. The flood is a huge setback. Mona Gonzales is a community activist who’s trying to help people put their lives back together.
"You have people that are on food stamps and you have people that have never been on food stamps, but right now they need emergency assistance," she said.
Cuts to food stamp programs will make their recovery more difficult.
"This is part of the stimulus money; however, it was supposed to be phased out over time,” said Kathy Green with the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. “They ended it early."
A family of four participating in the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program, also called SNAP, will have about $36 less per month. That would have bought about 20 individual meals.
It's another blow to people who have lost everything
"To put more on top of that is really to add insult to injury to a lot of our families that are already struggling to make ends meet," Green said.
The flood's economic impact is still growing.
"And my husband is missing work for two days already, yesterday, today. And I don't know if Monday he's going to have to miss, because it's really bad,” Hernandez said. “There's a lot of stuff we have to clean out."
Some needs must be met right away
"There's a need for mops and for brooms and for Ajax and cleansers and Lysol and all of those kinds of things. It's overwhelming. It's huge," Gonzalez said.
Recovery will take time.
"I can't really tell. We can't tell what's going to happen. We don't know, " Hernandez said.
Flood relief organizers say they need all the help they can get. That includes bottled water, baby items, toiletries and cleaning supplies.
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 Meadows Baptist Church located near William Cannon and I-35 at 6905 South I-35.