Hays County asks residents to report flood damage

31 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Flood Update: Saturday, Oct.31.

HAYS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — As the sun comes up on Saturday morning and residents who evacuated in Hays County return home, Hays County is requesting that property owners who had flood or storm damage contact the county to help assessment teams get an accurate count of damaged properties.

Hays County officials have evacuated many homes in the county area, but they now recommended that evacuees do not return to their homes overnight if they were flooded and the ground is already saturated.As Freddy Hernandez, 46, sat on the bleachers at Dorris Miller Middle School – the city of San Marcos’ makeshift shelter for flood evacuees after the first location flooded – they weren’t sad or fearful for what would become of their home on Barbara Drive.

Those who have property damage should email flooddamage@sanmarcostx.gov with the following information: City assessment teams will be surveying the damaged areas in the coming days. Now, we are getting word that some of the homes that we helped to rebuild have been flooded again,” said Michelle Harper with the United Way of Hays County. “The last worry we want to give them is you don’t have a home to go back to, but you have a warm meal right now,” said Keyla Damien with The Salvation Army. Authorities are seeking the whereabouts of one individual reported missing from his home, but it is unknown if his disappearance is related to the severe weather.

Officers are pleading with the public not to chance it and turn around, and to take shelter for a night or two — knowing there’s bound to be a long road ahead. One person in southern Hays County suffered non-life-threatening injuries when a tornado touched down and damaged two buildings in the Eagle Point subdivision. For those that have homes that are damaged from floodwaters, you will soon be receiving information from the City Solid Waste Department about how to separate your debris and when and where pickups will occur. On Friday, the worst flooding came relatively late in the day for San Marcos, after the heavy rains had stopped and the initial inundation seemed to be subsiding.

Those already at the Center will stay there, but others seeking shelter should report to Miller Middle School— currently there are approximately 170 evacuees at the Activity Center. City officials ask residents to report property damage by logging on to the city’s website, http://www.nbtexas.org/disasterrecovery, and filling out the damage report form. Soon, water was approaching the San Marcos Activity Center, which is the city’s usual shelter for evacuees, and the city started diverting displaced people to the middle school. Motorists and pedestrians are cautioned that even if a road does not have water over it, barricades may be in place because of possible damage to the road infrastructure which may not be visible from above. During the peak of he storm on Friday afternoon, IH-35 at the Blanco River in San Marcos was shut down for approximately one hour due to water on the roadway.

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