Preparation helps mitigate flood damage in Comal County
Nearly 1,000 people had to evacuate their homes
Comal County emergency management officials credited their preparation for keeping flood damage in the area to a minimum Thursday.
Between 9 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. Thursday, Mother Nature dumped approximately 10 inches of rain on the New Braunfels and Canyon Lake area.
Comal County Emergency Management Coordinator Lynn Lindsay said officials had been monitoring the storms since Wednesday afternoon and were ready when the flooding began.
One of the hardest-hit areas was along River Road in New Braunfels, where Lyndsay said the Guadalupe River rose about 20 feet, forcing all four River Road crossings to be shutdown because they were underwater.
"We implemented the reverse 911 to let (residents) know that there's a substantial amount of rain that's coming down," Lyndsay said. "We told them, 'Take appropriate action, seek a higher ground, or just watch where your activities are taking place.'"
Nearly 1,000 people in the area had to evacuate their homes and crews performed several high water rescues.
Endless sunshine followed the storms Thursday and crews began assessing the damage while still keeping an eye on the weather.
"We got pretty good substantial saturation in the watershed right now and so runoff would be pretty high if we got another rain event," Lyndsay said. "So we're going to be cautiously optimistic when it comes to more rain coming to this area."
Man reported missing
Emergency officials said there were no reports of injuries however crews were still searching for a 26-year-old man who was swept away by the Guadalupe River early Thursday morning.
Witnesses said Sam Rossen was gathering equipment behind the Abbott's River Outfitters store in Canyon Lake when he was swept away by the rushing current.
Due to the rain officials were unable to search the area by helicopter until Thursday afternoon.
The Comal County Sheriff's Office said crews were focusing their efforts on a large pile of debris that had washed up on shore.
It is unclear when divers will be allowed to go into the Guadalupe River due to the high water levels.
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