Over 40 counties in Texas (DR 4223)
Flood, Severe Storm, Straight-line Winds, Tornado - Texas
Preceded by more than a week of heavy rain, a slow-moving storm system dropped tremendous precipitation across much of Texas and Oklahoma during the nights of May 24–26, 2015, triggering record-breaking floods. Early in the morning on May 24, the Blanco River experienced catastrophic flooding. The river at Wimberley rose more than 30 feet in less than three hours, and set a new record high crest of more than 40 feet while disabling the gauge. Many homes along the banks of the Blanco River from the City of Blanco, through Wimberley, and down to San Marcos were totally destroyed and swept downstream. Homes were struck by large debris, including full size cypress trees, which typically lined the banks of the river. A house in the 100 block of Deer Crossing Lane in Wimberley was washed away in the flood with nine people inside. There was one lone survivor while eight others died. Ten fatalities were reported for this disaster.
President Obama declared a major disaster declaration on May 29, 2015. Over 40 counties from the Mexican border to Oklahoma and from the New Mexico border to Louisiana were included in the declaration. WSP USA Inspection Services completed approximately 15,000 inspections across the state from rural homes to city condominiums.
Photo 1 Credit: Flood damaged vehicle in Malone Drive in Wimberly, TX on March 24, 2015, Photo credit: National Weather Service
Photo 2 Credit: Storm-damaged home in Wimberley, TX a day after Sunday's storms, May 25, 2015. Photo credit: Jorge Sanhueza – Lyons/KUT News