FROM STAFF REPORTS
WIMBERLEY — Emergency workers found a body along the San Marcos River today in Caldwell County, downstream of weekend flooding that destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes in Wimberley and San Marcos.
The body’s discovery brings the number of confirmed dead to two with 13 people confirmed missing. At a press briefing earlier this afternoon, officials said more than 30 people are unaccounted for but emergency management now say all of those have been located.
Damage to Hays County roads and other infrastructure is currently estimated at $4.5 million, emergency management coordinator Kharley Smith told the San Marcos Mercury. Two Blanco River bridges, on Fischer Store Road and Jacob’s Well Road, were destroyed by floodwaters in western Hays County.
Other developments on Tuesday:
- The Ranch Road 12 bridge at the Blanco River outside Wimberley is closed and will remain so indefinitely while repairs are made to guard rails. The bridge itself is structurally solid, officials said.
- A one-stop phone line has been established for those needing assistance, wanting to volunteer time or equipment or needing to report that they are safe or that someone they know is missing. The phone number is 512-754-2275.
- The Springtown Mall, 200 Springtown Way in San Marcos, has been identified as the central location for donated goods to be dropped off. Monetary donations are being directed to social service agencies such as United Way of Hays County.
- Volunteers can register, or offer the use of heavy equipment, at Cypress Creek Church, 211 Stillwater Road in Wimberley, or at 200 CM Allen Parkway in San Marcos.