Book on devastating Wimberley flood features KXAN’s Jim Spencer


WIMBERLEY, Texas (KXAN) — May 23, 2015 was a historic day for Wimberley; when the Blanco River rose from five feet to nearly 41 feet in just four hours. 350 homes were damaged or completely destroyed.

Joining us in the KXAN studio was Carroll Wilson with the Wimberley Village Library to talk about a book called Wimberley: Epic Flood Tests a Small Town’s Strength. KXAN’s meteorologist Jim Spencer is a key source from the book for his coverage on the flooding.

Across Texas, more than 20 people died that weekend; 12 of which were in Central Texas. The bodies of four-year-old Leighton McComb and six-year-old William Charba were never found.

There were no flood gauges along a 40-mile portion of the Blanco River upstream from Wimberley, which saw the most destruction. Now more gauges are being installed hoping to prevent a tragedy.

The book will be on sale for $20 each March 6 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Wimberley Community Center. Beginning March 7 the book will be for sale at the library and Old Mill Store in the Square.

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