Wimberley residents watch tropical storm with caution

Stan Starett's retirement home on the Blanco River is in shambles. As rain comes down on Tuesday, he thinks back to Memorial Day.

"I said to Liz my wife, I said 'We better get the heck out of here.' At that moment the first responders came and they were pounding on our doors saying 'don't get anything, get out immediately, there's a wall of water coming,'"

While interviewing Starett, rain started to pour. I asked if it makes him nervous.

"Of course. It does. But we try to be realistic and positive about it. I think realistically I think we're going to escape the bulk of it. But I think it's going to do a lot of damage to other people and I hate to see that happen," Starett said.

Wimberley fire chief Carol Czichos is hopeful his flood-ravaged town can escape more problems from tropical storm bill.

"If it's going to come in, usually the ones that come in from the east don't hurt us that much," Czichos said.

He says swift water teams are standing by if Wimberley gets hit harder than expected. And they'll call in extra help if needed.

"We're going to get more rain. Just don't know how much. And I don't think anybody really knows how much and there's not anything you can really do to stop it, just got to try and work with it when it gets here," he said.

Starett says he's been monitoring this storm.

"Very anxious. It's frightening," he said.

It may not be this storm, but he says the very thought of more flooding in the near future is unbearable.

"The nawing feeling I have that this could happen again is a degree of anxiety that I don't want to face," he said.

Hays County authorities are reminding drivers to not go around barricades in flooded areas. An inch of water can float a car. Besides its a Class B misdemeanor if you do. Hays County is also encouraging residents to go to alertregistration.com to sign up for emergency alerts by cell phone, email or landline.

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