WIMBERLEY, Texas (KXAN) — Many people across Central Texas are nervous Tropical Storm Bill could bring another round of flooding to a region still recovering from the last wave of severe weather.
It has been a long and emotional three weeks for many people in Wimberley, as they try and move forward after a raging Blanco River destroyed dozens of homes and killed at least nine people in that town. Two children are still missing. The thought of more rain is terrifying for some.
As Lisa Kiefer braces herself for what could be more severe weather, she thinks of her antique shop on River Road.
“We’ve had enough weather. The ground is wet enough. I’m not sure it can handle any more,” she said. “Everyone’s a little gun-shy. Three weeks ago, after the flood, helicopters were in town for days, and the Red Cross trucks … you just couldn’t get away from the fact the community was so damaged.”
Kiefer’s shop was not damaged during last month’s floods, but more rain certainly scares her as she prepares as best she can.
“When it rains a lot at one time, it seeps in the foundation of the store, so I just pick things up that are going to be damaged,” she added. “I know the routine … I’ve been through it before.”
She’s not the only one. Dozens of people came in and out of Ace Hardware on Monday, many still trying to recover from the floods just a few weeks ago. One of the store’s employees, Alan Marburger, says the tragedy has brought people together.
“It’s the tough things in life that make you stronger, and that’s what this community is about,” said Marburger. “Everything’s day-to-day, so when the rain comes, it comes.”
Employees at the store said several people who showed up were buying sandbags. Hays County elected officials say they are on standby and will be monitoring weather conditions throughout the week.