AUSTIN (KXAN) — Hays and Caldwell Counties are calling on the non-profit Texas Search and Rescue (TEXSAR) to prepare to help in case of severe weather or flooding this weekend.
TEXSAR Operations Chief Shawn Hohnstreiter says the organization has five boats available in central Texas. If the weather worsens, crews plan to stage the boats closer to potential problem areas.
Hohnstreiter knows the dangers of flood waters. Last Memorial Day weekend TEXSAR deployed to the Gulf Coast. While there, the deadly flooding hit Wimberley. TEXSAR members began their journey back, but they ran into something they didn’t expect when they got to Martindale, Texas.
“That’s when we started coming through so many victims that we decided, now’s the time to jump in,” said Hohnstreiter.
TEXSAR rescued 37 people around Martindale before continuing on toward Wimberley.
The organization helped in the search and recovery efforts along the Blanco River. Nearly a year later, they still haven’t stopped searching for William Charba and Leighton McComb, the two children who remain missing from the flood.
“The children is always an emotional one and a tough one for us. That’s a very difficult one,” said Hohnstreiter. “You have to try to distance yourself from it so that your mind is in the game and ready for that next call.”
TEXSAR now has more boats than it did last year. In addition to replacing damaged watercraft, the group was also able to add two more boats to its supply.