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Developments reported at a 3:15 p.m. press briefing from Hays County emergency management coordinator Kharley Smith and San Marcos emergency management coordinator Ken Bell:

• Officials said a man’s body has been recovered in San Marcos, the first confirmed fatality from overnight flooding in the Blanco River basin. Another three people in the Wimberley area are missing.

• About 1,200 to 1,250 people are believed to be displaced by the flood in Hays County, about 1,000 of whom have registered at official emergency shelters operated by the Hays County Community Emergency Response Team and the American Red Cross. Residents who have been displaced from their home, but who are not staying at a shelter, are asked to call 512-393-7896 to check-in.

• Officials still estimate 350 to 400 homes were destroyed by the flood and as many as a 1,000 other homes are otherwise damaged. Two Blanco River bridges, on Fischer Store Road and Jacob’s Well Road, were destroyed by floodwaters in western Hays County.

• The Memorial Day ceremony scheduled for Monday at the Hays County Veterans Memorial has been cancelled.


Photos of flooding and emergency officials’ response via the city of San Marcos.

COVER: Emergency workers rescue a man from a flooded residential subdivision in Martindale on the San Marcos River downstream of its confluence with the Blanco. PHOTO by RENEE SAMPLE

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