COVER: The Memorial Day weekend flood uprooted, overturned and otherwise damaged or destroyed thousands of trees along the Blanco River. PHOTO by JOCELYN AUGUSTINO
FROM SUBMITTED REPORTS
WIMBERLEY — Officials have called a public meeting next week on a new program to remove accumulated Memorial Day weekend flood debris from eligible private properties within the city of Wimberley and in unincorporated Hays County.
Hosted by Hays County and Wimberley elected officials, the meeting will be held 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the Wimberley Community Center, 14068 Ranch Road 12.
Through the federally funded Private Property Debris Removal program, Hays County will remove wreckage that creates a public health or safety nuisance and that could not be moved to the right-of-way by the landowner during the initial cleanup process.
To qualify, landowners will have to sign a right-of-entry agreement so inspectors can determine if the property is eligible for cleanup under guidelines established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Hays County development services director Clint Garza said. The deadline to apply for inclusion in the program is Friday, Oct. 30.
Representatives of Austin-based TreeFolks Inc. will also attend the meeting to discuss assistance it is offering property owners within the Blanco River floodplain including a pilot program to replant trees. The Hays County Commissioners Court has contracted with TreeFolks for riparian zone restoration work that includes development of a reforestation plan.