Volunteers plant more than 200 trees along Blanco River in Wimberley

Volunteers plant more than 200 trees in Wimberley after Memorial weekend floods.

WIMBERLEY, Texas (KXAN) — Broken trees, reminders of a deadly flood, still stand along the Blanco River in Wimberley.

“Something of this magnitude so close to home, of course we have to get involved,” says Grady McGahan, executive director of the non-profit RETREET.

About 80 volunteers with the organization RETREET, are helping re-plant more than 200 trees that have been washed away.

“We’ve lived through other floods, the Blanco flood, and this Halloween flood was devastating,” says Susan Nenney, who lives in Wimberley.

Volunteers started with a group planting along the river and then split up into smaller groups to replant trees at more than 35 homes.

“In an effort to bring life back to the community so that people don’t just see devastation when they walk out of their front door,” says Grady.

It will take years for these trees to mature and hover over the Blanco once again, but for people who live in Wimberley, a little dirt goes a long way.

“This is part of a healing process to see that normalcy is returning,” says Susan.

With dozens of helping hands to speed up the recovery.

RETREET says it plans on going back to Wimberley over the next few years, to complete another major project each year.

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