Hays County asks residents to report flood damage

Rushing water from Cypress Creek (KXAN Photo)
Rushing water from Cypress Creek (KXAN Photo)

HAYS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — As the sun comes up on Saturday morning and residents who evacuated in Hays County return home, Hays County is requesting that property owners who had flood or storm damage contact the county to help assessment teams get an accurate count of damaged properties.

Property owners are asked to send this information as soon as they can safely assess their damage. Assessment teams will be surveying damaged areas in the coming days and this information will help ensure that all property damage is recorded.

Information about any damaged property in the unincorporated area of Hays County or in any city except San Marcos should be sent to floodstormdamage@co.hays.tx.us and should include:

  • Address of damaged property and owner’s name
  • Type of damage
  • Depth of any water in building(s)

Property damage within the City of San Marcos limits should be reported to flooddamage@sanmarcostx.gov.

Shelters in Hays County

The City of San Marcos and Hays County Evacuation Centers are all closed as of 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31.  Residents have been relocated to other housing or were able to make it back into their homes.

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The National Weather Service asked residents along the creek to evacuate around 7 a.m. on Friday. A short time later, residents on Flight Acres Road and Fulton Ranch Road were also evacuated due to rising waters. The NWS says homes along Cypress Creek are threatened by the Blanco River backwater and any flow down Cypress Creek.  Hays County officials say they successfully evacuated the Buda Kid Ranch Daycare in Kyle as well.

At 8:45 a.m., the Blanco River in Wimberley was at 17.6 feet and flood stage is 13 feet. At 26 feet, major flooding impacts several lowest homes on the Blanco River near Wimberley. At 2 p.m. on Friday, the Blanco River crested at 42.5 feet, which is a half-foot shy of the Memorial Day weekend floods.

During the peak of he storm on Friday afternoon, IH-35 at the Blanco River in San Marcos was shut down for approximately one hour due to water on the roadway.

City of San Marcos has issued a boil water notice for residents who use city water services on the north side of the city from Aquarena Springs to Yarrington.  All other residents can continue to use city water.

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