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San Marcos City Councilman Reflects on Veterans Impacted by Memorial Weekend Flooding

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Written by Taylor Zavala News Director

Following the recent memorial day flooding, The City of San Marcos is still working to assess damages from the storm.

This past Wednesday, San Marcos officials held a Flood Town Hall at the San Marcos Activity Center, where representatives from FEMA and the Small Business Administration spoke about the different forms of loans and grants residents who were displaced can receive.

Along with a large amount of city officials being in attendance, among them was City Councilman Jude Prather who spoke

Photo taken by Taylor Zavala
Photo taken by Taylor Zavala

briefly on how the issue has affected him along with those who he supports in Hays County.

“The floods of memorial day weekend, not only have they been tragic, they’ve also been historic. San Marcos, as a community, we’ve come together and we’ve been trying to help out our neighbors. Not only do I serve the city council here in San Marcos, but I’m also the veterans service officer for Hays County where I get to help the veterans of Hays County. So far we’ve come across dozens of veterans who have been displaced, lost their homes, lost their possessions, and we’ve been working with those non profit groups and our veteran organizations here in town to make sure we’re getting the aid to those who have been displaced and affected by these horrible floods.”

Councilman Prather also shared a story from a veteran who was living in Wimberley and witnessed the immense flooding of the Blanco River.

“I was on the phone with a Vietnam veteran, and his house was actually across the Blanco in Wimberley from the house where the folks from Corpus Christi were, and he told me about how he woke up and there was a few inches in the house and then by the time he made it to the door there was several feet of water and he couldn’t even get the front door open. He said him and his wife barely had enough time just to get out of the house and save their own lives and just across the river a dozen people were killed, and he was a close friend.”

In regards to the different stories Councilman Prather has been receiving as the Hays County Veterans Service Officer, he says it reinforces the emotional toll the affected community has undertaken.

“Hearing it from him just brings an emotional toll about what’s been going on in our town, our community, just the devastation, for some people it’s just hard to wrap your mind around, but that was a story I came across in the last few days, but I can just repeat stories like that over and over again of people who’ve lost everything and it’s just so heartbreaking.”

Councilman Prather currently operates a resource center and the Veterans Services Office at the Hays County Courthouse for returning veterans and their loved ones. He is also a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he served with the 100th Battalion 442nd Infantry Regiment from 2008-2009.

For more information on the Veteran Services offered by Hays County you can visit the official Hays County Government website.

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