In just the blink of an eye, Wimberley went from the quaint hill country town it is, to residents fighting for their lives.
"It happened so quickly. I heard some estimates saying that the water elevated about 40 feet high. So it did catch a lot of people by surprise both by the height of the water and the speed, but it shows the power of water," said Governor Abbott.
"It's hard to believe the power of that water and then hearing the stories of families who we're hard along the river that night," said Linda Roby, volunteer.
Wimberley continues to rebuild after the deadly Memorial Day flooding. Governor Abbott stopped in the town square to encourage residents to never give up.
You can see by the bustling square behind me that people are coming from across the state of Texas to show their support for the people of Wimberley," said Abbott.
"He's the governor of the state like you said, and he wants to engage with the people, which is great," said Roby.
Those who lost homes can build another. The process is much harder for those who lost everything they lived for.
"We need to understand there are those who are grieving, those who will never be able to rebuild their lives because they've lost family members who are not coming back," said Abbott.
The governor says he is not alone in the efforts to heal the town.
"Just last night the Obama Administration added 20 more counties to our disaster declaration relief ensuring that people across the state of Texas will be accessing more dollars," said Abbott.
Money that can rebuild a town that continues to remain Wimberley strong.
"We wanted to send a message across Texas and across America that Wimberley is open for business," said Abbott.