Wednesday, November 20, 2013 11:09:00 AM
Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – Hays County Emergency Management Coordinator Kharley Smith today issued initial Halloween flood damage estimates for Hays County.
“Based on our damage survey with state and federal disaster relief agencies, we know that there are at least 47 households with minor damage, 24 with major damage, one destroyed and 11 affected in some way by the flood. We also know of four businesses with major damage.” The damage was sustained throughout the county, primarily in the Buda, Kyle, San Marcos, Uhland and Wimberley areas.
While state and federal agencies have not conducted a damage survey for public property – property owned by government organizations -- initial assessments indicate more than $1 million in damage, “primarily to Buda Elementary, the Buda Fire Department station and equipment and some county-owned roads,” Smith said. “That initial estimate doesn’t include damage to parks and roads that we have not been able to look at and assess,” she said.
Hays County officials remain in contact with the Texas Division of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to determine what assistance from the state and federal government could be offered to those who sustained damage from the flood. “We will find it difficult to recover completely without outside assistance,” Smith said. “This was a major rain incident that caused record flooding for which no one could have planned or prepared. We are fortunate that no lives were lost in Hays County.”
Persons who were affected by the flood are encouraged to contact local groups that offer assistance. The list is available in many government offices and online at www.HaysInformed.com.