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November 4th, 2013
Hays County organizes assistance for flood victims


Hays County officials are organizing a one-stop shop for residents affected by the torrential Halloween flood last week to look for assistances from nonprofit organizations and relief agencies.

The event will be 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at Barton Junior High, 4950 Jack C. Hays Trail (FM 2770) in Kyle.

“Victims will be able to visit with the different agencies at one time and in one place to find out what assistance is available for their individual situation. We think it will be much easier than trying to email or call individual agencies,” said Kharley Smith, the county’s emergency management coordinator.

About 60 homes in Hays County — including 20 or so mobile homes in San Marcos were moderately damaged by floodwaters, Hays County emergency officials said on Sunday after a preliminary survey of the storm’s impact. The rest of the damaged areas were concentrated in Buda, along Bear Creek, and in Wimberley, along Cypress Creek. Scores of other homes in the Martindale area, in neighboring Caldwell County, were also flooded by the San Marcos River below its confluence with the Blanco.

Organizations will include the American Red Cross, Hays County Food Bank, United Methodist Church Disaster Response and Baptist Ministries Disaster Relief. Other participants are being lined up today.

In addition to private property, the floods caused major damage to several roads, including Hugo Road west of San Marcos, and Green Acres Road and Goforth roads, east of Kyle and Buda. Goforth, between Bunton and Cotton Gin roads, remained closed Monday as Hays County road crews completed repairs that were taking longer anticipated.

In San Marcos, people wee evacuated from apartments on the east end of Aquarena Spring Drive and on River Road, which runs alongside the Blanco River. About 100 people too refuge in the San Marcos Activity Center overnight Thursdays as rivers swelled with rain that fell both locally and upstream in the Hill Country.

In other parts of the county, about 70 people holed up at the Wimberley Community Center and about 12 at Santa Cruz Catholic Church.

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