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Repair, rebuilding costs of Memorial Day flood continue to climb

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Four months after the Memorial Day weekend flooding, San Marcos and Hays County are still calculating the monetary cost from repairing and rebuilding flood-stricken areas of the community.

The city and county suffered damage to infrastructure, buildings, parks and other public property. An estimate released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)  June 22 predicted the cost of public assistance, including bridge and road repairs, will be $33 million.

Laureen Chernow, Hays County media representative, said it could take several years to finish repairing damage caused by the flood.

Chernow said the final assessments have yet to be determined because the damage could not be fully evaluated until the floodwaters were more receded than they were at the time of the estimate.

Trey Hatt, media specialist for the City of San Marcos, said Fire Station 5 sustained significant damage after it was flooded with several feet of water.

Hatt said city officials hope to have the station fully functional by next month.

The county lost two bridges, including one on Post Road and one on Fischer Store Road, Chernow said. The Post Road bridge is still undergoing repairs while the one on Fischer was completely destroyed.

More than 10 low water crossings have been reported as damaged or destroyed by the flood, Chernow said. Five Mile Dam remains closed due to damages.

City officials had to remove debris from several public parks because the wreckage was unsafe for visitors, Hatt said.

He said the Soccer Complex at Five Mile Dam is in the process of being repaired and six police patrol cars and a fire truck were lost to the floodwaters.

FEMA will reimburse the county for up to 75 percent of costs stemming from the flood since the region was declared a disaster area, Chernow said. The county’s emergency account will fund the remaining balance.

“We will definitely be seeking that funding,” Chernow said.

Hatt said the city is still trying to gather more information to determine what other costs will be a result of the flood.

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