WIMBERLEY, Texas (KXAN) — The city we have grown to know as devastated, and still picking up the pieces after the tragic Memorial Day Weekend flood, wants to reshape that image. The city is hosting a Thanksgiving event they hope will send a message that they are thriving.
The city was hit twice. The second time was more recent: the flood just before Halloween. Cypress Creek overflowed into the heart of the city that attracts tourists, Wimberley Square.
“It’s hard to believe that a creek like this can actually cause damage and get angry,” Stever Thurber, the mayor of Wimberley says.
The overspill hit folks that were spared by the flooding in May. “Thirty homes damaged and 30 businesses along the creek were damaged so it was quite a hit for us,” Thurber says.
Cathy Moreman with the Wimberley Valley Arts & Cultural Alliance says the town has been tainted by the floods, steering off tourists that think they are still in ruins. Moreman says it is actually the opposite. “That is just not true. We are here and we are open and we are welcoming visitors,” she says.
Moreman says that is why the Wimberley Alive is more important than ever. It was originally titled “Wimberley Live” but after two floods it was renamed “Wimberley Alive” to show that the city is still full of life. It was also supposed to be during Halloween weekend, but had to be postponed.
It is a two-day event hosted on November 27 & 28. There will be local musicians and artists showing off their work. There will also be a kid’s arts & crafts center and of course shops and restaurants will be open. “We want to pay homage to the fact that we are going to be okay, and we are going to be rebuilding and people will put their lives back together,” Moreman says.
The city’s mayor hopes the two-day event will bring in a huge crowd. “Come and enjoy it with us. We are going to be here rain or shine,” Thurber says.