Comal County flooding catches drivers by surprise, has campers fleeing

Deluge also caused delays for New Braunfels schools

Author: Katrina Webber, Reporter, kwebber@ksat.com
Published On: Oct 31 2013 01:11:05 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 31 2013 05:22:12 PM CDT
COMAL COUNTY, Texas -

Floodwaters that swept through Comal County between Wednesday night and Thursday morning sent campers running for higher ground, caught drivers off guard and delayed the start of the school day for some children.

Lt. Mark Reynolds, with the Comal County Sheriff’s Office, said he was unsure how many high-water rescues had been conducted in the overnight hours but there were, at least, a handful.

At least one of those vehicles, a Chevy Tahoe, stood abandoned on FM 1863 near Dry Comal Creek as the floodwaters began to recede.

A sheriff’s sergeant remained at the scene through the morning hours to stop other drivers from attempting to pass through the still dangerous area.

He said that the driver of the Tahoe had been safely rescued.

Across town at the River Ranch RV Resort along the Guadalupe River, about three dozen RVs made their escape from high water about 3 a.m.

The park manager said she had been keeping a close eye on the river all night long, and alerted the campers when she noticed the water level increasing.

Several hours later, Jesse Medina walked his dogs in the area which had been underwater, surveying the damage to the RV park.

“The fence that was here was swept away by the strong water,” he said, pointing to a pile of wood that now resembles kindling. “But that’s the way it happens here in New Braunfels in this area.”

Medina, who lives nearby, said he has seen this type of trouble many times, although the flooding can get much worse.

“I’ve seen it reach all the way up to the highway,” he said.

All the rain made some school children happy.

The New Braunfels Independent School District delayed the start of the school day until 10 a.m.

Logan Purgum made the most of his extra time at home.

“I slept,” he said.

His mother, Nicole, didn’t mind the delay either.

“We enjoyed sleeping in this morning, definitely,” she said. “We actually got up and made breakfast. We found out it was delayed and went back to bed.”

While area residents expected to wake up to a wet morning, many said they were surprised to find out exactly how wet it was.

Images: Comal, Hays flooding

Published On: Oct 31 2013 02:50:45 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 31 2013 03:05:09 PM CDT

Pictures of flooding in Hays and Comal counties taken by KSAT reporter Katrina Webber and from KSAT's Sky12 helicopter.

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The water damage to the park.

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