SAN ANTONIO -

One neighborhood that was hit the hardest throughout the city Saturday morning as the San Antonio River overflowed its banks and spilled into the homes is right near Mission Espada.

Mike Sanchez went to get breakfast Saturday morning, but when he saw the water rising beneath 410, he said they turned around and went back to the house.

"By the time we got home, the house was under 3 feet," said Sanchez.

His house, along with about 30 or so homes along Espada Road, was quickly consumed by river water rising at feet per hour.

By 10 a.m., the water forced a mandatory evacuation. All residents hustled out on boats, some too old to walk on their own.

"I'm lucky to be here. I'm lucky that nobody perished," said Sanchez. "I feel for the people of Oklahoma. We're doing good. We're going to be fine."

As the afternoon went on, KSAT 12 News got a quick glimpse inside the neighborhood, the floodwaters receding back to normal.

People who live there won't be allowed back in for at least a day, so after the initial relief to be alive, the questions start to follow.

"This construction work they've done here didn't help any because we've had rain like this before, and this never occurred," said Sanchez.

The construction Sanchez refers to is the Mission Reach construction along the river. That construction widened portions of the river. What people in the neighborhood say is when the river bottlenecks farther downstream, it forces the water up and into this development.

Whether or not that remains true remains to be seen, but it certainly is a question to be posed to county officials in the coming days.