Last week’s Halloween morning floods killed five people, and the fast, rising water damaged hundreds of homes.
Officials say the recovery efforts in Austin, particularly in the southeast Onion Creek neighborhood, could take up to six months.
For many flood victims, the first step to recovery is finding a lost pet.
Dora McCook and her daughter had enough time to escape from the flooding in her neighborhood off Bluff Springs Road, but they lost an important member of their family.
"There was so much rubble. The back of the house is missing,” she said. "We thought we'd never find her."
It wasn’t until Saturday night until Gingerbread the dog came back. The pup now has battle scars—a hurt paw and a traumatized expression.
The German Shepard Pyrenees mix survived the flood by hanging on to a log.
"She was so deep in mud she couldn't get out on her own," McCook said.
The McCook's knew their home was destroyed, but they can sleep easier knowing Ginger is safe.
Some victims of the Oct. 31 floods can’t go back into their homes, and are staying with friends and families. The American Red Cross shelter at the Dove Springs Recreation Center is also available for residents with nowhere to go.
The facility has food, water, about 150 beds and a support network.
"We have health professionals that they can talk to, to help them work through some of the scary emotions that they're probably feeling right now," Bristel Bowen with the American Red Cross said.
For McCook, that range of emotion includes a heartwarming reunion.
"We have lost our house, but we have our dog back and we're thankful for that," she said.
The Austin Humane Society has recovered more than 90 animals since Thursday
If you're looking for your lost pet, you can go to the Austin Humane Society’s Facebook page. There are pictures of animals lost in the flood, and community members are posting found pets as well.