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On May 25, Memorial Day, a torrential downpour hit Austin, bringing with it tornado warnings and hail. News coverage provided photos and videos of the city that showed rising water levels and dangerous rescues.

ACFE Headquarters is on a plot of land just beside Shoal Creek, which runs through the city of Austin and ends in the Colorado River. Before the Memorial Day rains, the ACFE was deluged on Sept. 18, 2014 from Shoal Creek's rising levels. During that flood, the Albrecht and Bradford buildings sustained damage and the ACFE subsequently waterproofed them.

During the May flood, the Albrecht Building's waterproofing was successful in thwarting the floods. However, the Bradford Building's west wall collapsed because of the pressure from rising waters, and the Geis Building received about 2½ feet of water.

"I've owned this property since 1984 and we've flooded before," says Dr. Joseph T. Wells, CFE, CPA, founder and Chairman of the ACFE. "It speaks wonders for the staff that we barely miss a beat when this happens."

In the days following the flood, the ACFE quickly began restoration. Employees affected by the damage are in temporary workstations, and work began immediately on the ruined structures.


Left: A wall of the ACFE's Bradford Building collapsed during the Memorial Day flood.
(Photo by John Warren, J.D., CFE) Right: The view of the ACFE's parking lot with a "slow" sign
that is almost completely covered by the flood waters. (Photo by Kevin Taparauskas, CFE)


The security camera on the ACFE's Geis Building recorded the parking lot before (left) and after (right)
the Memorial Day flood.