WIMBERLEY, Texas (KXAN) — FEMA wants to make sure nothing like the Memorial Weekend Floods happens again. On Wednesday, the agency held a open house to show residents the new flood maps.
Rocky Edwards is a land surveyor and lives in Wimberley. He plans on spending much of his time pouring over the new maps.
“I needed to find out what the new base flood elevation was going to be for the clients I have across the river,” Edwards explains.
At the open house, folks with property in Hays County get to sit down with a geographer from FEMA and go over where their property should be according to the new maps.
Rocky says his map showed some homeowners may have to raise their homes 7-10 feet. “Actually hearing it and seeing it on a computer screen, that makes a big difference. It did for me,” Edwards says. Folks also get a visual of what will happen when a big storm hits and what it would look like if they built their home higher.
“Once they know what that elevation is, they need to talk to a local building official whether it is the county or the city, then find out what they need to do at that point,” Diane How with FEMA explains.
Edwards just hopes that homeowners will come out and listen. Especially before they build, or rebuild.
“If we don’t be responsible about it, we are never going to survive,” Edwards says
The final decision is up to the city to decide what changes folks need to make. Another open house will be held Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 14068 Ranch Road 12 in Wimberley from 2-8 p.m.