As many are aware, the Wimberley area experienced a flood of historical, catastrophic proportions along the Blanco River on Saturday, May 23, 2015.
The highest previous flood records ever recorded along the Blanco River were recorded in 1929 with a flood level of 33.5 feet. The Memorial Flood of 2015 reached official reports of over 41.5 feet, an incredible increase of 8 feet over the previous record! And this was along a river basin which is considered in flood conditions when the river reaches 13 feet! Trees over 300 years old were uprooted or snapped like toothpicks and some of the remaining trees not washed away show damage and debris as high as 60+ feet!
To say this is an unprecedented disaster is understating the obvious. People along the river and in the area were notified of this flood prior to it's arrival Saturday night, but no one was prepared for something of this magnitude, especially when it hit in the dark around midnight!
As of this time, three weeks after the disaster, a full accounting of damages and loss of life is still in progress. There are currently 9 official confirmed deaths and at least 2 others unaccounted for and hundreds of homes either totally destroyed or heavily damaged by flood waters just within the immediate Wimberley area. Even homeowners and businesses located along tributaries such as Cypress Creek, which flows directly through the downtown area of Wimberley, experienced substantial flooding due to water backing upstream from the Blanco River. A majority of affected properties are not covered with flood insurance.
From Sunday, May 24 and on, citizen volunteers, local emergency agencies and organizations, county and state emergency agencies, national emergency organizations, federal emergency agencies, in addition to law enforcement agencies ranging from county constables all the way up to National Guard troops have been on site assisting any way they can. In spite of all this effort, it will take a long time to fully recover from an event of this magnitude.
And Wimberley wasn't the only area affected by this flood. Many areas throughout Central and Southeastern Texas also experienced floods, tornadoes and straight-line wind damages over the next several days as storms continued to plague the area.
As general information, it is important to note that My Neighbors Keeper is a non-profit victim assistance organization which was established to assist ONLY local victims in the event of a natural disaster. Any funds donated through MyNK will be distributed ONLY within the immediate Wimberley geographical area. If you are wishing to donate to funds which can be applied outside this area, state wide or beyond, please donate through organizations setup for that purpose such as the Red Cross, United Way or even the Austin Disaster Relief Network.