Number of people missing in Hays County flooding raised to 12
Public safety curfew extended through Monday night
HAYS COUNTY, Texas – The number of people missing across Hays County due to heavy flooding has been raised to twelve, Hays County emergency officials announced during a press conference Monday morning.
"It's a devastating area, a devastated area. It's concerning for us that so many structures are being missing and the time of day," said Kharley Smith, Hays County Emergency Mgmt. Coordinator. "We're thankful that the river notifications went out and hopeful that all of the residents exited their structures before they were washed away."
Those initially missing were: Michelle Carey, Randy Charba and their 6-year-old son, Will; Sue and Ralph Carey; Laura, Andrew, and Leighton McComb.
All eight were inside Sue and Ralph Carey's home when it was swept away by the fast-moving waters. Image below of the McComb family.
Family members tell KSAT 12 the house hit a bridge and was destroyed -- separating the family.
Only John McComb has been found. He suffered a punctured lung and broken rib and was transported to a San Antonio hospital.
Officials did not release any further information of the new amount of people missing.
Look for more on this developing story throughout the day on KSAT 12 News.
Hays County public safety curfew remains in effect Monday night
UPDATE - 12:15 p.m. Monday: The public safety curfew put into effect in Hays County Sunday night, remains in effect for Monday night.
The curfew will again be imposed from 9 p.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday.
The curfew affects the following areas:
The City of San Marcos, including its extraterritorial jurisdiction
The City of Wimberley, including its extraterritorial jurisdiction
All unincorporated areas of Hays County south of FM 150
The curfew doesn't affect traveling on Interstate 35, but occasional closures of the interstate may continue in the next 24 to 48 hours.
Citizens are encouraged to find a safe location and remain in that location during this time of disaster relief. If you must travel, be aware of structural damage and/or debris on roadways. Turn around, don't drown.
Hays County judge issues disaster declaration
In the wake of flooding that left at least 1,300 homes damaged or destroyed, the Hays County Judge Dr. Bert Cobb on Sunday issued a formal disaster declaration.
"Once they told me the extent of damage and potential damage, we declared it a disaster area and all that is tied to funding and assistance," Cobb said.
Cobb said he already sent his request to Gov. Greg Abbott's office.
Cobb also ordered that a curfew go into effect fromt 9 p.m. Sunday until 7 a.m. Monday. That curfew has been extended through Monday night.
He spent the day meeting with police and other emergency relief providers at the area command center in San Marcos.
"The flow and height is double what I was when it was at its highest in 1929," said San Marcos Emergency Management Commander Ken Bell, who was referring to the Blanco River that flows through San Marcos.
At one point, the river was flowing over Interstate 35, which forced the closure of north and southbound lanes for several hours Saturday.
Bell said that the county is receiving additional assistance from the state and National Guard.
"We acquired our assets at daybreak working out of the San Marcos Airport,": Bell said. "We have 7 hilos (helicopters) and 1 DPS helicopter and National Guard troops."
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