Wimberley Library


The Memorial Day flood in Wimberley was one of the most talked about disasters of 2015, and it remains a day that the community doesn't want to forget.  Members of the Wimberley City Library are putting the finishing touches on a book that is an oral history of those who lived through the flood and remained behind to pick up the pieces. 

Steve Overby / The Texas Tribune

As the Blanco River rose rapidly early on May 24th, phones around Wimberley — most of which had 512 area codes — received urgent text alerts: danger, flooding, seek shelter. Laura McComb, who had a 361 area code, did not receive any such text.

Her house was eight feet in the air, on stilts, and by the time the family noticed water on the first floor, just after 1:00 a.m., it was too late to evacuate.

Jack Morgan / Texas Public Radio

The skies have cleared and the sun has even peeked through the clouds but the National Weather Service says we aren’t exactly done with rain.

It will remain cool today and warm up some Tuesday and Wednesday with temperatures reaching into the 80s, said NWS Meteorologist Larry Hopper.

However, a weak front followed by an upper level disturbance will be coming in later in the week, and while it probably will not be as widespread as last weekend, heavy rain and strong winds are predicted for Friday and Saturday, Hopper said.

Virginia Alvino / Texas Public Radio News

  The San Antonio Fire Department says weekend rain resulted in only 6 high water rescue calls. While one man was swept into a storm drain Saturday, he survived the incident.

Fire Chief Charles Hood says while rainfall was less than expected, the number of rescue calls the department received was down significantly from severe weather events in the past.

Hood says that’s partially because the public, and the department, knew the storm was coming.

Ryan E. Poppe

 Homeowner Bob Flocke lives just outside of Wimberley along the Blanco River.  During the May floods, Flocke decided to stay in his home after Hays County officials urged him and his family to evacuate to higher ground. He says he and his family are lucky to have survived what happened next.

  “The water was not in the house, but it was climbing up the house. It came up fast, it was climbing up and it had not gotten into the front yard yet, which is higher than the back,” Flocke explained.