Wimberley: Epic Flood Tests a Small Town’s Strength
Available in Wimberley and online
beginning Monday March 7, 2016
May 23, 2015, a massive storm system dumped as much as 13 inches of rain on the
watershed feeding the Blanco River southwest of Austin, Texas. As the rain
accumulated, the river began rising and collecting debris, moving quickly
toward the charming Hill Country community of Wimberley. Overnight, the river
rose to an unprecedented and catastrophic level as it moved through Wimberley and
to the east. Raging waters destroyed 300 homes. Eleven people died in what’s
been described as a flood of epic proportions.
community joined together to record experiences during and just after that
Memorial Day Weekend flood. With the volunteer offerings from professionals in
the community, funding support from the Wimberley City Council, the Wimberley
Village Library and Wimberley Institute of Cultures, and under the umbrella of
the Wimberley Village Library, the collaborative team of Stephen Klepfer, Nancy
Williams and Carroll Wilson blended the talents offered along with photographs
and accounts of rescue, recovery and support, to craft a book that tells a
vivid story of what took place during that weekend and in the days that
developers created a place for residents and visitors to share and preserve the
community’s stories, in a way that respects, honors, and encourages those who
have been impacted and enlightens those who will hear about this historic time
in the life of the Wimberley Valley. About 100 stories are featured along with
photographs, maps and charts that portray what took place when the storms came
and the otherwise peaceful waters became roaring forces of nature, rushing out
of their banks and through the Valley.
about the preparation, escape, survival and rescue that took place that
Saturday evening into Sunday, along with discovery and initial responses to the
damage that occurred. You’ll also find
many stories of support, recovery, restoration and rebuilding, along with
accounts of the amazing outpouring of assistance that flowed into Wimberley
from all over the country and beyond.
In this book
you’ll find testimonies of the grief, loss, fatigue and uncertainty that were
present. Yet, along side those struggles, you’ll find strength, determination,
perseverance, resilience and hope – reflections of the character of the people
of the Wimberley Valley.
debris and despair, beyond the echoes of the cries for help, the piercing crack
of the trees and the roar of the water, join these people in celebrating
strength of character, a true spirit of community and an awareness of blessings
that fill this place the people of Wimberley call home.