We have visited Wimberley a few times, most recently for one of Brendan's last baseball games. It is a quaint, quiet, pretty little town with shops and parks and lovely homes.
We took a drive through Wimberley today. Seeing the damage and evidence of the river's sheer power left us awestruck.
We ventured off the main drag and down County Road 1492, where we were forced to stop due to barriers that were placed before the road turned downhill, toward the river. The houses along the bank, about 40 feet up from the river mind you, had damaged antique furniture, waterlogged chairs, and tons of other belongings out on porches and amid the rubble of trees, stone walls, and other wreckage.
I walked past the barrier and down the hill. What I saw was amazing. The entire road was now a river and waterfall. Across the way was what used to be the 7A Resort & Pioneer Town.
Click to watch the video from CNN...
7A Resort & Pioneer Town Destroyed by the Blanco River
|Satellite Image of County Road 1492 before the flood.|
|How County Road 1492 looks now.|
|Across the way is 7A Resort|
|What the river did.|
|This is still high, but it rose tens of feet higher.|
|Picture this under water.|
|So much damage.|
Here are some other images we captured as we slowly traveled through
what is still a beautiful, little town.
|Bridge over Blanco River...one lane at a time.|
|Bridge over Blanco|
|River Road...emptying the homes.|
|For those homes that weren't swept away, the damage was still great.|
|A view of the engorged Blanco from on high.|
|What the River did.|
|Where once a house stood...|
|Homes and lives in shambles.|
|Wimberley will rebound.|
There are, I am sure, many avenues out there by which one can donate to
help any of the areas affected by the floods.
These are a few: