Travis County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved funding for individual appraisals of flood damaged houses.
Commissioners agreed to pay for individual house appraisals in Del Valle's Timber Creek subdivision. The estimated cost of the buyouts is $2.1 million, but damage and buyouts in other parts of the county could cost as much as $9.4 million. The total won’t be known until all the appraisals are complete.
"This is the first step, but a very important step," Stacy Scheffel with Travis County Transportation and Natural Resources said. "We couldn't even set a budget until we have actual values of homes, and we can't do that without the appraisals."
On top of the residential buyout applications, officials say they will need between $4 and $6 million for commercial properties. While the demands are high, officials want to help everyone in the area as soon as possible.
"We want our residents to go home and be able to sleep in a nice, safe dry bed,” Scheffel said. “We also want employees who also work within Travis County to be able to go to a safe workplace."
The appraisals are the first step in a very long process for flood damage recovery, but help is coming to those families
"Be patient, we're working on it and we really want to help everyone in this position," Melinda Mallia with Travis County Transportation and Resources said.
Next week, the Travis County Commissioners Court will consider a policy to help relocate property owners if they are bought out.