Flood ravaged Hays County braces for more severe weather

Hays county is bracing for the fall out from the tropical storms that is headed to Central Texas. Any inch of rain could threaten the already vulnerable region. Especially as crews continue to clear away what the Memorial Day floods left behind.

Denny Nissley is the Founder and Executive Director of Christ in Action. He's known as the "Pastor of Disaster", as he and his team of missionaries have been aiding with disaster relief since 1998.

"We come in we help clean up, gut homes, clean up debris, haul trees out. Whatever it takes for them to help get to the point where they are ready to rebuild."

His group has been in Wimberley for the past three weeks. With their own equipment in tow, they're making their way along the hardest hit areas of the Blanco River.

"We've totally demolished about 15 homes and we've worked on about 60-70 properties," Nissley says of what they've accomplished.

The threat of new flooding could destroy their progress.

"The hardest thing for us is that if it floods again is getting to the debris, getting through the mud, the slippery stuff and then getting the new debris and putting it with the old debris and trying to recover from that."

A new round of flooding could set them back for several days.

Hays County Officials are watching the weather closely too.

"The county is well aware of the weather systems that are going to be perhaps coming into our area over the next few days," says County Commissioner Will Conley.

The flood gauges that were wiped out by the record forty-three foot surge have since been replaced, but an extra set of eyes will monitor the most vulnerable areas. Adds Conley, "we're going to be manually out there 24/7 depicting and interpreting what's the best thing to do for the safety of the river."

The search continues for the two children who are still missing from the Memorial Day floods, Leighton McComb and Will Charba. They were in the home on Deer Crossing that washed away. Hays County officials say the weather could impact their search efforts, but they are holding off on making any decisions until the weather forces them to do so.

They don't expect the river to rise to dangerous levels but County Officials want residents to be prepared, especially as landlines are still down.

"We'd have to do a lot of door to door, a lot of social media type of contact since those lines are down so a lot of manual work and awareness." They are also encouraging residents and visitors to register for emergency notifications and to check alerts for flooding on roads and low water crossings

And for For Denny Nissley and his crew, the new rain might slow them down but he says it won't stop them.

"As long as there's work to be done, as long as there's volunteers coming to work with us, and as long as we have the funds to sustain the deployment."


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