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University, apartments experience damage after Central Texas floods

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Days after devastating floods damaged and destroyed homes in San Marcos, property owners and officials began repairs.

Property damage from the May 24 heavy rainfall and flooding was inconsistent. Many homes were nearly destroyed while others were left almost untouched.

The Texas State main campus was left, for the most part, undamaged by the May 24-25 storms and flooding, said Jayme Blaschke, University News Service director.

“The important thing was that main campus avoided significant damage from flood waters,” Blaschke said.

University officials have not yet determined the condition of property adjacent to the San Marcos River, Blaschke said. Retaining walls and dams at Spring Lake were inundated with flood waters and will require inspection by engineers.

At least two off-campus university properties were damaged by the floods, Blaschke said.

University Camp, a 126-acre recreational campground on the banks of the Blanco River in Wimberley, did sustain “major flood damage,” Blaschke said.

“There was a significant amount of debris at the camp and even some washed-up cars,” Blaschke said.

The campground will be closed for at least a month as the university works to repair damage and clear debris, Blaschke said.

The university’s receiving warehouse on River Ridge Parkway was flooded Sunday and is currently not operational, Blaschke said.

Damage to apartment complexes in San Marcos ranged from severe to minor.

Only a “handful” of units were damaged slightly by flood water, said an apartment staff member at The Lodge at Southwest.

Water did not penetrate the units’ interiors at River Oaks Villas, although the exterior of the complex was flooded, said Hayden Thomason, a leasing agent at the apartments.

“There is a retention pond in the back, as well as the far left side—it was probably the saving grace that saved the actual apartments,” Thomason said.

Elena Bosley, property manager for Riverview Apartments, said the damage at her complex was “medium.” Most of the 64 units, including the apartment office, were damaged by water, she said.

Tenants and apartment employees got to work as soon as they could to remove mud and water from units, Bosley said. All of the complex’s tenants were residing in their homes as of May 25, she said.

Bosley said repairs to sheetrock, baseboards and flooring should be completed within three weeks.

“We got it covered, “ Bosley said. “We will rise.”