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Hays destruction shows power of flooded Blanco River

WIMBERLEY, Texas – It's been three weeks since historic flooding took place in Hay County.

Areas north of Wimberley may have been some of the hardest hit.

Tim Jones and his wife, Jenny Clark, have lived along the Blanco River on a nature preserve for over 10 years. The two live high above the river but still had to seek higher ground when the rains came.

"I told Jenny, 'We have to get out of here.' I didn't know where the water was going at that point, but it was at my feet and coming up," Jones said.

Where he lived, the river rose 50-60 feet and a lot of the debris can still be seen stuck in the trees.

Most of the homes sustained damage or were completely destroyed.

Tim Jones said he hopes those rebuilding don't mess with any of the broken trees along the river. He said the trees are still alive and will regrow.

Another reason they should stay untouched, Jones said, is because they stabilize the river bank.

"The reason that this river is like it is (is) because those root balls hold the soil and keep it from washing away," he said.

Jones and Clark said the destruction is the worst they have ever seen the Blanco River get and the flooding changed the entire landscape of the area.

"It will take a long time to recover from the way it was," Jenny Clark said.

The American Red Cross is still helping in relief efforts and recently opened another shelter in San Marcos at the Owen Goodnight Middle School.

Below are images from the flooding taken three weeks ago:


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