As of Sunday morning, over 400 homes have been destroyed and over 1,000 displaced as a result of the severe weather that occurred this weekend in the Midwest, according to Hays County Emergency Management Coordinator Kharley Smith. An exact and official amount of the damage caused will come once authorities review the affected areas.
The severe weather cell with torrential rains and winds brought water levels up by a significant margin all across the Midwest. A majority of the rain for Texas came on Saturday, causing levels of the Blanco River, in Blanco County, to rise by multiple of feet in just an hour or two. At around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Smith stated the authorities were able to notify the residents in the towns nearby with emergency calls and notifications about the rising water levels, issuing a flash flood warning at 7:30 p.m.
Authorities stated that they were able to give the residents enough time to evacuate the area. Currently, the mission is to engage in search and rescue operations to save those who may be stranded on the roofs of their homes.
Mayor Daniel Guerrero said the area is now in anticipation for more severe weather from tonight into the beginning of the week. Considering rescue operations have to be carried out and more rain may fall, the Hays County Judge issued a curfew for the cities of Wimberley and San Marcos starting Sunday at 9:00 p.m. to Monday at 7:00 a.m.
By Alex Lemieux
KXAN: Hays County: Hundreds of homes damaged or destroyed, 1,000 people in shelters
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