Texas Sen. Ted Cruz tours devastation in Hays County

Republican senator says federal resources coming soon

SAN MARCOS, Texas – Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, spent Wednesday afternoon touring the devastation in Hays County leftover from the record flooding that swept through the area Memorial Day weekend.

"Today, Texans are hurting," Cruz said. "They're hurting here in San Marcos. They're hurting in Wimberley. They're hurting in Houston. They're hurting across the state."

During his tour of Wimberley, Cruz said he spoke with several residents who lost their homes and the volunteers helping them cleanup. The Blanco River rose to higher than 40 feet Saturday night into Sunday morning, damaging more than 350 homes and killing at least three people. Emergency management officials said nine people remain missing.

"The damage there is unimaginable. You look at the homes that were just utterly demolished," Cruz said. "At the same time, I will say it is uplifting to see how Texans respond to a disaster like this."

Cruz applauded the ongoing collaboration between city, county, state, and federal agencies. He assured victims impacted by the record flooding that federal help was on the way.

"There are a series of federal statutory thresholds that have to be satisfied. Initially, it appears those thresholds are likely to be satisfied by the magnitude of the damage we're seeing," Cruz said. "Democrats and Republicans in the congressional delegation will stand as one in support of the federal government meeting its statutory obligations to provide the relief to help the Texans who are hurting."

Emergency officials said they were thankful for the additional resources and influx of volunteers to Hays County, but organizing the help has been difficult.

"We're still in the middle of this thing and we want to be able to get our organizational posture up and get those folks in and get them organized," said Hays County Emergency Management Coordinator Ken Bell. "We're going to have a heck of an impact, but when you get too many people all we're doing is bumping into each other right now."