Sunday, May 24, 2015

- Safe: Memorial Day flooding in Wimberley

Note: this post was written on Sunday, May 24. Details on the flood have since been updated in the local news and broadcast media.

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It's never good when your hometown makes national weather news, as we did today in the NY Times ...

Our home, located on high ground midway between Wimberley and San Marcos, is fine. However, flooding downstream has knocked out our internet, leaving us with limited news access. We did drive down Ranch Road 12 toward Wimberley, but were turned back at the bridge ...


The river crested over 40' last night, covering the bridge with water and debris, stripping away guard rails and doing who knows what structural damage.

Standing 40 yards from the still-roaring Blanco River, we looked around us and realized there was debris caught in the tree branches over our heads ...


bark had been flayed from wood ...


cloth hung suspended ...


a house was torn from its foundations ...


just one of 350 many homes swept away. Three Wimberley residents are still missing. Twelve people died.

We are humbled by this incredible show of nature's force ... and thankful to be safe.

20 comments:

Marti said...

So grateful that you and Don are ok Liz. Rich and I had just watched the CBS evening news and were shocked by the flooding and devastation. When they mentioned San Marcos and showed what you are showing here, I had to email to see if you both were ok. Austin is getting hit as well, hope all is well with your daughter son in law and dear little Griffin as well as their new house. Decided to check here first on the off change that you had posted...sending blessings that everyone is safe and that it will continue...

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

a Candle here.....

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you Marti ... not having cable, we have been unable to watch network and local news. Our internet access is limited to what we can get by phone ... so it's ironic, but you probably know more than we do. The scary thing is, we only had a few inches of rain ... it was the 12 inches that fell upstream in the town of Blanco that came roaring down the river of the same name. Flash floods in Blanco are once again in the forecast ... we're not done yet. Fortunately, we are upland, but our hearts go out to our friends in the Wimberley valley.

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you ... we live in a land of extremes, a land of drought and flood. Seemingly there is no middle ground. Though we are safe, inconvenienced at worst, our neighbors in the valley are far less fortunate and now cut off from us. It is all very sobering.

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

thankfully you are safe.

Liz Ackert said...

We are very fortunate, but shaken by the magnitude of the destruction so close to home.

Mo Crow said...

whoee! the power of Gaia!

Liz Ackert said...

Never, ever to be taken for granted ...

Marti said...

Yes Liz I know this feeling...when we lived in TN, in April 2011, several southern states had tornadoes that were absolutely devastating. I never had heard the sound before of an approaching tornado, like a freight train coming right at you, it passed one mile from us, uprooting years old oak trees, tearing off roofs, destroying schools, churches, businesses, many homes and lives lost...we still don't understand how all of us in our little valley, about 12 houses were spared...months after, every time I spotted a FEMA trailer, I got spooked.

Liz Ackert said...

I was caught in my car during a "downburst" once where I saw trees bend in ways that one would think to be physically impossible ... the closest I ever want to get to experiencing a tornado!

patricia said...

awesome and frightening at the same time. grateful you were able to observe w/o experiencing the destruction so many endured. and prayers sent their way

jude said...

these things they humble us

Liz Ackert said...

and instill a tremendous gratitude for the most precious things ... a home, loved ones, life itself

Liz Ackert said...

It is tragic that thirteen are still missing, including children ...

handstories said...

many thoughts for your community. take care.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

i at first was going to send this by Email, but then thought differently. This EVENT.....it will change so much in your world. I remember in 1995 when there was RAIN here and the ditch just over the way, the ditch bank broke and water was knee deep. This WAS a flood plane when things were
Natural. It became a flood plane again. That was the year that the old dead Russian Olive became a frankenstein tree...HUGE and wonderful but beyond what could normally be sustained. It died.
I think of life lost where you are...only speaking of human, but so much more life lost, animal, only one pic on the google news of some cattle making their way. and i thought of how if this were here, the Goats would drown. Maybe Chinche. Tazmeena. Maybe even Tay.
How it is.
But then, what becomes after. Your world will be so different from this maybe for the only time in your lifetime. Drought. Flood.
i watch and Feel it. It is so much more because i have you and Don IN it.......

Dana said...

What a relief that you are okay! But also what sadness for all that is lost.

Liz Ackert said...

Trees ... they counted rings in the cypresses that were cut down by the water like blades of grass. 500-600 years old ... they had survived countless floods and now they are no more.

Clearing debris under the bridge pictured above they found a truck and a house. The magnitude of the disaster is difficult to comprehend.

Liz Ackert said...

It feels surreal to be surrounded by everything as it was on our property when there is such devastation a few miles away.

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you ... I am so humbled by those who are doing the hard work of searching and cleaning and rebuilding. Our contribution is merely financial at this point, but that too is needed.