Hays County to residents: Do not return to flooded homes overnight, nearly 240 evacuees

HAYS COUNTY, Texas— Many cities in Hays County were hit by heavy rain Friday morning, causing major flooding along the river areas.

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. Additional rain is expected through Saturday morning, and officials say homes already experiencing flooding are not safe to return to.

In San Marcos, parks along the river will remain closed. County officials said residents are not being allowed on the San Marcos or Blanco Rivers until further notice. In other areas, such as Wimberley and Kyle, heavy rain caused floods in major highways and creeks. Interstate 35 was shut down for several hours between Kyle and San Marcos. The City of Wimberley was once again hit on Cypress Creek and near Ranch Road 12, creating fear from their previous experience with floods this year on Memorial Day weekend. 

Hays County has updated a list of shelters for evacuees in need of overnight stay:

-Miller Middle School, 301 Foxtail Run— currently has approximately 40 evacuees
The San Marcos Activity Center is closed to new evacuees. 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.

KYLE, Texas:
-Lehman High School, 1700 Lehman Road— currently approximately seven evacuees

-Wimberley High School, 100 Carney Lane— currently approximately 15 evacuees

-United Methodist Church, 28900 RR 12— currently approximately six evacuees

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