The hits just keep on coming. One week after getting my truck out of the shop, the rain Gods reappeared with a vengeance and put a good hunk of my town of San Marcos under water. I wish I could say I was joking. I was at a wedding in Austin on Saturday (congratulations to Daniel and Meredith!) and it started coming down. I decided to hit the road a little early, and I’m glad I did because that night the rivers overflowed and made many roads un-drivable. We were without internet for days and I didn’t really see how bad things were until Monday. Without the internet I was pretty cut off.
Some serious damage has occurred in San Marcos, Martindale, and Wimberley. Some people have died. Others are missing. Many homes have been destroyed by water damage leaving a lot of San Martians with no place to go. I know the HEB is giving out hot meals and there are lots of volunteers, but this is the worst destruction to occur in Central Texas in years, possibly ever. Some areas look like war zones with people hauling out destroyed couches, tables, and beds; their porches have been ripped apart; lawn furniture is strewn across roads and fields. Mobile homes and trailers lay upturned in mud. My little apartment is okay, but I’m afraid almost everything I kept in storage was destroyed by the flood. I lost a lot of books and some furniture, but this is nothing compared to losing an entire home or a loved one. I wish I could say something inspiring or macho, something like “Texas can take it!” or “Hays County is going to bounce back!” but this is really bad and it is going to take a long time for the Hill Country to get back to the way it was. I consider myself lucky. But many are having an even worse time and if you want to help then please go to:
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