Flash Flood Alley Segements

Fatalities, Survivors & Rescue Efforts

  Rescue Overview | Lamar Blvd | Brushy Creek
The greatest loss suffered by Central Texans as a result of the November 15th storm was by far the loss of 10 neighbors, family members and friends. Of course, that number could have been much higher if not for the rescue efforts of Austin's emergency response workers.

Ten Victims In Memorium.

Lamar Blvd at 10th St. where Austin commuters were suddenty overcome by rushing Floodwaters...

Austin Flood
Flood Survivor Tells Story

At Brushy Creek, Sharon
Zambrzycki is swept downstream
but lives to tell her story --and the
stories of fellow motorists
who didn't survive...

  • "Central Texas cleans up after blustery storm Businesses, residents assess damage after strong winds batter communities." Austin-American Statesman. May 22, 2001 by Robert W. Gee and Monica Polanco.
  • Two police officers were rescued in South Austin after being swept off of a William Cannon bridge into Onion Creek shortly before 9 p.m. While trying to rescue one of the officers clinging to a tree, two firefighters were flipped out of their boat on the creek. Luckily, they were able to give the officer a life jacket before the boat overturned. All 3 were able to make it out of the water safely. The other officer, also clinging to a tree, was rescued by about 10 p.m.

    Source: Statesman article, "Dry spots difficult to find in Central Texas", November 16, 2001.
    For rescue details, see the APD paper memo dated December 7, 2001 from Lt. Julie O'Brien.
  • Emergency workers went door to door in the Timber Creek neighborhood to evacuate residents. Some refused, even though the neighborhood has a history of flooding. Then, when the creek turned into a broad river, about 50 people had to be rescued by truck, boat or helicopter.
    Source: Statesman article "Storm deaths climb to 9", November 17, 2001.
  • Littel Noopin Simcoe, 50, was one of the Timber Creek people that refused to evacuate. When she realized she was in trouble, she drove long nails into her pecan tree and climbed up about 7 feet. She was stuck up there until 2 a.m. because rescuers that flew by in a helicopter couldn't see her.
    Source: Statesman article "Storm deaths climb to 9", November 17, 2001.
  • Cathy Carter and her family also refused to evacuate Timber Creek. Later, when water was waist-high in their yard, they welcomed a rope offered by a rescue crew in a truck. "We're on the highest ground, and we usually never flood," Carter said. "It was scary. I was crying. My kids were crying."
    Source: Statesman article "Storm deaths climb to 9", November 17, 2001.
  • Ken Proffitt, 74, was rescued after his pickup became stuck in Flat Rock Creek. He was pulled from his truck by LCRA workers and then a STAR flight helicopter crew carried him a short distance. "I've never been so embarrassed," said Proffitt, as Spicewood Volunteer Fire Department volunteer firefighters and paramedics joshed with him about losing his britches as he waded out with rescuers through fast-moving waters.
    Source: Statesman article "Storms gave rescue workers no time to rest", November 16, 2001.