By Jacob Reynolds & Tara Pohlmeyer
Hays County, San Marcos and Wimberley are working to recover after 1200 to 1300 structures were damaged and over 67 homes were swept away during the flooding on Sunday morning. There are now 12 confirmed missing persons, up from three yesterday.
Government officials are asking that residents stay safe and not enter contaminated waters.
It is not safe for the general public to go down and do those rescue or search operations themselves. We have impending weather concerns and we are expecting a substantial amount of rain later today that will complicate the situation and add further danger for our residents and anyone who is trying to get down in that environment. So please, allow the trained professionals to conduct the search and rescue exercises. We know that our citizens and community members are wanting to help and we will allow that to happen as soon as we feel that it is safe.
– Hays County Emergency Management Coordinator Kharley Smith
No one is taking the flood lightly, and officials say the impact will be seen for decades. Flood waters haven’t been seen this high since 1929.
We need people to be here for the long haul after the press has gone home, after everybody thinks it’s over. I would personally like to ask you as a historian, amateur that is, if you will maintain photographs of what you’ve seen that has changed. I propose that we have an archive of photographs that show what we lost in the flood. It’s important that we remember this flood for years to come so that we don’t take things lightly. One of our greatest problems has been to get people to understand how devastating a flood is. It cost lives and property and will change people forever. So today, remember those who’ve given themselves for us.
– Hays County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D.
Officials are asking that all donations go to local social service agencies so they can focus on rescue and infrastructure projects. A curfew is in place from 9 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday. School is expected to start on time for San Marcos CISD.
Evacuees who did not sign in at a county shelter (Wimberley HS or San Marcos Activity Center) are asked to call (512) 393-7725 so they can be added to the “safe” list.