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As Wimberley and San Marcos inventory what the river took — and what it left behind — the Memorial Day weekend flood’s staggering size and scope reveals itself incrementally. These are the latest statistics, compiled from official documents filed with the state’s emergency management coordinators. 

Unless otherwise noted, numbers used in this feature were curated from the most recent Disaster Summary Outline prepared by Hays County emergency management coordinator Kharley Smith, San Marcos emergency management coordinator Ken Bell and other city and county staff.

These numbers are estimates and subject to change as local, state, federal and nonprofit relief workers gather information in the field. The disaster summary is not a comprehensive accounting of all economic damage caused by the flood. For example, it does not anticipate the cost to homeowners of rebuilding nor of lost property values. It also does not address the cost to private enterprises of physical flood damage and market disruption.

Homes

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PHOTO by DON ANDERS

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Houses

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Mobile homes

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Apartment units

Destroyed question mark black 20px

233

91

2

Major damage question mark black 20px

93

23

102

Minor damage question mark black 20px

174

102

103

Affected question mark black 20px

121

218

449

Totals

621

291

556

Business

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PHOTO by DON ANDERS

Infrastructure + Cleanup

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PHOTO by JOCELYN AUGUSTINO

A Texas flag flies over the toppled Fischer Store Road bridge at the Blanco River west of Wimberley.

Disaster response + cleanup (estimated)

construction-worker-icon-blueDebris removal$14,433,550
Police, firefighters, EMSEstimates not available yet.

Disaster response + cleanup (estimated) subtotal:

$14,433,550

Transportation infrastructure damage (estimated)

flooded-road-icon-bluePaved roads$4,259,785
Unpaved roads$750,000
Roads total$5,009,785
bad-bridge-icon-blueDestroyed bridges$4,000,000
Damaged bridges$150,000
Bridges total$4,150,000
bad-road-icon-blueWashed out culverts$1,200,000
Damaged culverts$580,000
Culverts total$1,780,000

Transportation subtotal:

$10,939,785

Public facilities, property damage (estimated)

public-building-icon-blueBuildings, equipment$7,192,000
Parks, recreation facilities, etc.$1,582,585

Public buildings, real property subtotal:

$8,774,585

Public utilities, flood control damage (estimated)

public-utilities-icon-bluePublic water, electric, sewer$171,719
Flood control dams$44,650

Utilities subtotal:

$216,369

COVER: A statue of Francis of Assisi — the patron saint of the environment — sits amid piles of debris and broken trees on the banks of the Blanco River on May 25. PHOTO by PRESLIE COX/THE UNIVERSITY STAR

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