Wimberley prepares for possible flooding, low-water sensors still out

WIMBERLEY, Texas (KXAN) — With heavy rains and possible flooding in the forecast this week, some Wimberley residents are on edge. Many homeowners, like Donna Trever, still have not rebuilt from the last flood.

“Well, this is where the house was,” Trever says pointing to the empty plot of land that used to be her home. Tarver lost her Wimberley home during the May floods. She may have also lost her life if her neighbor hadn’t warned her about the impending threat.

“I saw a house going down the river with a person on the roof with a cellphone…it’s time to leave. I said ‘yep’ it’s time to leave,” Trever recalls.

Nine feet of water filled the inside of Trever’s home. The flood eventually knocked the home over and washed it down the Blanco River. Five months later, she still hasn’t been able to rebuild.

“We have to build at least 12 feet high. Then to get a break on the insurance, we have to build another 3 feet,” Trever says.

The Wimberley city manager says having people lose their homes the way they did during the Memorial Day Weekend flood is no doubt a situation they never want to be in again. But he also says all the city can really do is take precaution.

In anticipation of heavy rains, the city manager says they’re getting barricades ready and monitoring the flood gauge on Ranch Road 12. Wimberley Mayor Steve Thurber says if the weather should take a turn for the worse, people should be prepared to evacuate.

“Stay alert and when you get the call to leave, if you get the call to leave…leave,” Thurber says.

Something Trever hopes she won’t have to do again.

“All we want to do is just move on and get on with our lives,” Trever says.

Low-water Crossings in Hays County

A number of low water crossing sensors remain out of service due to the Memorial Day Weekend floods.

Sensors at low-water crossings at Wayside Drive, CR 1492, Hidden Valley Road, Little Arkansas Road, Post Road (which is closed due to bridge damage), Uhland Road, Bell Springs Road and Trautwein Road are not functioning. Hays County says transportation crews will put up barricades at those locations and be prepared to close off access if needed.

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