Hays County issues initial flood damage assessment


by KVUE.com


Posted on November 15, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 15 at 7:40 PM

SAN MARCOS, Texas -- Hays County officials announced initial damage estimates from the Halloween floods that ravaged parts of Travis and Hays counties.

Officials said that at least 47 households sustained minor damage, 24 sustained major damage, one home was destroyed and 11 were otherwise effected by the flood. They also said four businesses sustained major damage.

Most of the damage took place within the Buda, Kyle, San Marcos, Uhland and Wimberley areas.

The initial damage survey revealed more than $1 million in damage to property owned by government organizations, said Hays County Emergency Management Coordinator Kharley Smith. These damaged properties include Buda Elementary, the Buda Fire Department station and equipment and some county-owned roads.

Officials are working with the Texas Division of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to determine what levels of assistance may be needed.

"We will find it difficult to recover completely without outside assistance," Smith said. "This was a major rain incident that caused record flooding for which no one could have planned or prepared. We are fortunate no lives were lost in Hays County."

Buda Elementary had nearly 10 inches of water inside, damaging the floors and teachers' personal property.

Smith said that Hays County had dealt with flooding before, but never that extreme.

"We've prepared for that. Our citizens are always aware of that," Smith said. "Bu tthis flood was different, in that different areas flooded than we typically see, and it happened so fast and was unexpected that we hadn't made those preparations."

For information in how to help flood victims throughout Central Texas, go here.


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