AUSTIN (KXAN) - Financial relief could be coming to the victims ofWednesday's flooding in New Braunfels. US Rep. Lamar Smith touredthe damage today and hopes to have a full report to FEMA soon. Thedamage estimate may take a week. It will be another month beforeaid can actually come in to the affected areas.
But today, a portion of the river did open up to toobersand campers. That portion is about a 13 mile stretch from CanyonDam to just Northwest of New Braunfels. But, unfortunately,businesses and residents downstream are still cleaning up.
Flood victim Bob Schmueckle said, “Look honey, the babiesshoes,” as he picks up a pair of his children's babybooties.
Two days after a massive flood along the Guadalupe river. Someresidents along the banks are still clearing out their mud-drenchedhomes.
Schmueckle said, “It’s really sad….to have allyour stuff just turned to mud.”
With a moving truck in the driveway and their possessions piledup in the front yard, the Schmueckles search for the memories.
Schmueckle said, “Pictures, familyphotos….”
And debate what they’re future may hold.
Schmueckle said, “For us it’s probably going to beour last time here…we’re probably not going to stay.it’s our third flood.”
US Rep. Lamar Smith, District 21 (R) Texas, said,“Unfortunately, that flood tide did an incredible amount ofdamage to Comal County.”
Across town, Congressman Lamar Smith and the mayor of NewBraunfels debriefed the media after touring the damage.
Representative Smith said, “Now it’s time for thefederal government to come in behind the local officials and try tohelp out financially, anyway we can.”
The Congressman hopes to soon have a FEMA branch office set upin Comal County to help flood victims get back on their feet.
Representative Smith said, “So it can be one place thatpeople can apply for the low interest, no interest loans. Within amonth from now we should see FEMA in action…as a result of usmaking a case that they’re needed.”
They also expressed the need for an early warning system. Theonly system in place to warn residents along the banks, was reverse911, and that did not work for everyone.
Mayor Bruce Boyer said, “We need to see what we can do toimprove on that.”
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