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Emergency crews rescued victims of floods

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Emergency crews spent Thursday morning working to rescue people in South Austin from the rising flood waters after heavy rains fell across Central Texas.

First responders utilized boats and helicopters to reach people in the affected area, some of which had been stranded for hours.

Rising flood waters along Onion Creek forced people to evacuate from more than 1,100 homes Thursday morning.

First responders raced against the rising waters to reach more than 200 people stranded, who needed help.

"We have people stuck on the roof tops, attics, hollering for help at fire crews," said Carrie Stewart, an AFD fire specialist.

According to the city the Onion Creek flooding tops the 1921 flood when the water reached 41 feet.

"I just cried when I saw him," said Kathy Lopez wiping tears from her eyes. Her husband, Samuel Coleman, and their two girls waived down a rescue boat.

"We started breaking windows to get out when the water got up to here," he said pointing to his shoulders. Coleman couldn't break through the roof so busting out the windows was his only option.

Water destroyed all of their belongings but they saved what can't be replaced.

"We have each other," Coleman said.

Firefighters are concerned about possible gas leaks. First responders are going door to door, street by street, to make sure everyone is accounted for.

The Red Cross has set up a shelter at Parker Methodist Church for those in the area affected by the floods.

LINK: Red Cross opening shelters in Central Texas

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