Senator Ted Cruz paid a visit to Hays County Wednesday after several severe storms flooded Wimberley and the surrounding communities. Cruz said President Barack Obama is committed to offering federal aid to the Central Texas area.
Cruz said he is working with Democrats and Republicans to join efforts on all levels of government to provide relief to flood victims. Ken Bell, San Marcos emergency management coordinator, said one of the missing persons, Michelle Carey-Charba, was found yesterday.
Officials said nine people are still missing and three have been found.
“It’s extraordinary to see Texans coming together, and it is indicative of who we are as people,” Cruz said.
Cruz described the damage along the Blanco River as “unimaginable.” The senator recounted stories of people who were digging through debris in Wimberley.
“Today, Texans are hurting,” Cruz said. “Men, women and children have lost their lives.”
The senator nodded his head in agreement when Bell was describing the amount of time it will take for the community to recover.
“This appears to have been just an extraordinary natural disaster,” Cruz said.
Cruz said it is wrong to politicize natural disasters when a member of the press asked him for a comment on the role of climate change in the Hays County flash floods.
Cruz is currently in the running for the Republican candidate in the 2016 presidential race. He announced his presidential bid back in March.
The Hays County floods are continuing to draw national press as the community tries to rebuild itself. Weather forecasts for Central Texas are predicting more flash floods in the coming days.