WIMBERLEY, Texas (KXAN) — As the possibility of rain and flash flooding continues to threaten Central Texas, one city hit the hardest last year is making sure they do everything possible to be prepared if the situation becomes dangerous.
Wimberley volunteer firefighters are taking no chances and are gathering and preparing all of their equipment beforehand. Will Ammons, a firefighter for the city, says they have filled their gas cans and have all of their watercraft aired up and ready to go. First responders in Wimberley have worked their fair share of flash flooding events over the past year. “It was tiring; it was long, long hours,” said Ammons.
Last year Ammons along with his crew spent countless hours out on the river making water rescues after a flood devastated their city. They say they were prepared for flooding, but not of that magnitude. This round of storms, they are making sure they don’t miss a thing.
Ammons says he also has all his water equipment ready in his truck in case time is limited. “I live in an area where it floods so I maintain my equipment with me so I can assist people in the neighborhood if necessary.”
Along says the department has even provided extra training for their team. “Some of our firefighters had the opportunity to go down to New Braunfels and train with members of Texas Taskforce One in swift water boat operations,” Ammons said.