Devastating flooding occurred overnight in central Texas.  The Blanco River in Wimberley hit record flood levels and numerous neighborhoods along its banks had to be evacuated across eastern Hays county.  According to local news reports, close to 1,000 people are in shelter, and search and rescue operations are taking place this morning to locate additional victims, some of which are still stranded on top of their homes.  Preliminary estimates indicate 400+ homes are under water, and that number is likely to rise as local officials continue to assess the magnitude of the damage.  Local officials have also put all of Hays county on a Boil Water mandate until further notice.  The Blanco River hydrograph below shows that it hit 7 feet above record flood levels before it stopped working at around 1am; however, the waters are beginning to recede and will continue to do so through Monday.  TXDot reports that I-35 in San Marcos has reopened after being closed overnight due to high water.  If traveling across central Texas today, be sure to check www.drivetexas.org for the latest on road conditions.

Blanco River at Wimberley

 

 

 

The Red Cross has opened numerous shelters across the area for those who need it.

  • First United Methodist Church – 105 N LBJ Drive, Johnson City, TX
  • Gem of the Hills – 2233 Hwy 281 N., Blanco, TX
  • Hernandez Elementary School – 333 Stagecoach Trl., San Marcos, TX
  • San Marcos Activity Center – 501 E. Hopkins St., San Marcos, TX (FULL at this time)
  • Deer Creek Nursing Home – 555 FM 3237, Wimberley, TX
  • Wimberley High School – 100 Carney Ln., Wimberley, TX
  • Cypress Creek Church – 211 Stillwater, Wimberley
  • Boerne Middle School North – 240 Johns Rd., Boerne, TX
  • Boerne Middle School South – 10 Cascade Cavern, Boerne, TX
  • First Baptist Church – 631 S School St., Boerne, TX
  • Cotulla High School – 1034 TX-97, Cotulla, TX
  • Camp Wood First Baptist Church – 813 Nueces St., Camp Wood, TX

The Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN) has also opened up their call center to provide assistance to area flood survivors.  If you need assistance, or wish to help out with donations, they can be reached at 512-806-0800.

Here’s the latest state-wide rainfall map with 1-day precipitation through 7am this morning.  Thankfully, it looks like heavy rainfall across central Texas is not expected today.  Stay tuned for additional updates early this afternoon with information on when our next batch of rain is expected.

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