AUSTIN (KXAN) – Tuesday, members with the Texas Water Development Board revealed Wimberley will receive funding to help operate and maintain new flood gauges along the Blanco River near Wimberley. The new high tech gauges will help alert emergency response teams and people in the community of what conditions are like in a severe weather event.
In November, after the May and October floods caused so much devastation — Gov. Greg Abbott gave an emergency order to release the $6.8 million from the Disaster Contingency Account to the Texas Water Development Board. It didn’t come without complications. A KXAN Investigation soon revealed a financial misunderstanding — the money was improperly appropriated to an account that could not be accessed with the emergency order.
Soon after, Austin Senator Kirk Watson told us he was working with the governor’s office on a fast fix and a solution was found.
In the future, the state says the rest of the $7 million will be used to pay for an 30 additional gauges all over the state.