Dozens of homes, businesses flooded in Smithville

House flooded in Smithville (KXAN Photo/Tom Rapp)
House flooded in Smithville (KXAN Photo/Tom Rapp)

SMITHVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — Some of the homes damaged in Bastrop County during the 2015 Memorial Day weekend floods have flooded again. Gov. Greg Abbott declared Bastrop County a disaster area Monday.

The city of Smithville, where around two dozen homes and businesses have flooded after 6.2 inches of rain in the past 24 hours, tried to stop the flow of water onto Seventh Street through flood mitigation on Eight Street, but it didn’t work. Monday’s rain overwhelmed the town’s drainage system.

“Here we are all over again. It’s been an ongoing problem. I’m not exactly sure why the city hasn’t figure out a way to engineer the solution to this,” Chris Winter said, telling KXAN his family was 90 percent done with home repairs after the Memorial Day flood.

“I’ve been through four floods since I’ve been here. And it’s getting to be where it’s too often to be a 100 year flood or a 50 year flood,” James Welch said, explaining his home has flooded four times.

“I don’t know. I really don’t know,” LaVerne Puckett said, in tears. “I don’t know if I have to start all over again or not because I don’t have the funds anymore.”

Puckett’s home also flooded in the Memorial Day flood.

The city has applied for a $1 million FEMA hazard mitigation grant. They will know in 30-45 days if they’ll get the grant. The plan is to put a retention pond near Seventh Street to mitigate future flooding there.

The pond would be completed in around six to nine months after the money is approved and bids are submitted and accepted.

Smithville is mobilizing assistance for impacted homeowners. Dumpsters will be brought into town Wednesday.

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