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Saturday, September 12th, 2015

Blanco River Regional Recovery Team to begin assessing flood survivors’ unmet needs

World Renew, a Christian nonprofit organization that has assisted disaster response and rehabilitation efforts around the world, will open field offices in Hays and Blanco counties to assess flood survivors’ unmet needs on behalf of the Blanco River Regional Recovery Team (BR3T).

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

TxDOT awards construction contract for new Fischer Store Road bridge

UPDATED 10:17 a.m. SEPT. 5 | The state transportation agency anticipates construction will take 82 days from start to finish, excluding weekends and weather delays.

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Video: Blanco River volume, velocity during Memorial Day weekend flood rivaled Mississippi River at St. Louis

Even before it reached San Marcos, the Blanco River was flowing at 180,000 cubic feet per second — the average volume and velocity of the Mississippi River at St. Louis, a hydrologist told the San Marcos...

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Interactive: Stark aerial images show Blanco River before, after flood in Wimberley

This map shows the before and after effects of the Memorial Day weekend flood in Wimberley The base map is DigitalGlobe and the updated map is 1.5" resolution unmanned aircraft system imagery from Flightline Geographics. Use the...

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Four-county coalition officially launches Blanco River Regional Recovery Team

Four counties – Blanco, Caldwell, Guadalupe and Hays – have joined forces to coordinate the long-term recovery efforts from the Memorial Weekend flood and storms in conjunction with their affected cities. The recovery is expected to take...

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Congressman to honor Hays County flood first responders

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett will honor police officers, firefighters and other Hays County first responders on Friday for their life-saving efforts in the aftermath of the Memorial Day weekend floods.

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Hays County ‘actively reviewing’ FEMA’s sweeping expansion of floodplain maps

Newly redrawn floodplain maps for the Blanco River basin in Hays County substantially expand the number of properties on which federal and state agencies say it is unwise to rebuild homes and businesses before weighing the probability...

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Conley hopeful Fischer Store Road crossing can be completed in 60 days

After a series of unforeseen delays, Hays County commissioners authorized County Judge Bert Cobb on Tuesday to execute an agreement with private landowners that apparently makes way for installation of a temporary Fischer Store Road bridge over...

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Officials to intensify search for children lost in Blanco River flood

Search and recovery teams will begin a new phase this weekend in the search for two children missing since the Memorial Weekend floods now that lower water levels have exposed areas near the Blanco River that were...

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Santa Claus(es) scheduled for early visit to local children impacted by flood

The Lone Star Santas Convoy of Toys will greet families, pose for photos and hand out gifts to kids between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Aug. 15 at Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos, 211 Lee Street,...

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