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Hays County road closures

The following roads are closed in the Hays County area due to extreme flooding May 24 early in the morning, according to the most recent Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) update.

State Highway 80 is closed at the Blanco River Bridge due to flooding.

Market Road 12 is closed- the bridge over the Blanco River on the south side of Wimberley will be closed until further notice due to washout.

Farm-To-Market Road 672 is closed due to water over the road at Plum Creek.

Farm-To-Market Road 1322 is closed due to water over the road at Plum Creek (Luling end).

Record flooding displaces residents, destroys property

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Many San Marcos residents fled their homes early Sunday morning to escape record flooding.

Heavy rains damaged much of San Marcos, sweeping away cars, damaging homes and apartment complexes. Some residents were transported to evacuation centers while others waited for rescue in their homes. The flooding left one San Marcos man dead and three others missing.

Ruby Griffin, a resident at Allen Woods Housing, said she woke up around 1:30 a.m. to the sound of her neighbor knocking on the door.

Reader photos of flooding, damage in the Hay County area

 

Reader photos of flooding and damage in the Hays County area.

Evacuation centers

Those looking to donate to victims can contact the American Red Cross or the San Marcos Salvation Army. Those needing to report their location or receive information on missing persons can call: 512-393-7896

One dead, three missing due to Hays County floods

4:09 p.m. UPDATE: Officials in Hays County have declared a state of emergency after last night’s flash floods displaced over 1,000 county residents.

San Marcos moves to stage one drought restrictions

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After an abundance of rainfall, the City of San Marcos will return to Stage 1 drought restrictions effective May 24 at noon. 

Stage 1 drought conditions are implemented when the 10-day average Edwards Aquifer index well level falls below 660 feet above mean sea level (msl), or when it rises above the Stage 2 level of 650 feet above msl, according to a May 22 city press release.  

The 10-day average aquifer level was at 651.0 feet May 20 and the daily reading was 655 feet, according to the press release.

Officials discuss regional economic outlook at annual conference

The Greater San Marcos Partnership hosted city officials and esteemed guests to discuss the regional economic outlook of the San Marcos area.

Ray Perryman, economist, president and CEO of the Perryman Group, was the keynote speaker at the 2015 Economic Outlook conference. Perryman offered his professional insight on the future economic climate in Texas and the Interstate Highway 35 (IH-35) corridor.

Perryman said there is no doubt as to why San Marcos was named the fastest-growing city in the U.S. for the third consecutive year. Georgetown ranked as the second fastest-growing city in the U.S., he said.

“It is no accident,” Perryman said. “Those two cities have something in common and it’s that they’re located close to Austin.”

Suspect in San Marcos robbery indicted

A man was indicted by a federal grand jury May 19 for a series of bank robberies along the Interstate Highway 35 (IH-35) corridor.

The jury charged Willie James Cleveland, 34, with nine counts of bank robbery according to a May 21 City of San Marcos press release. Cleveland stole more than $50,000 from the eight banks he robbed, according to the press release.

Cleveland was indicted for a Feb. 26 robbery at the Wells Fargo Bank in San Marcos. He was also charged for bank robberies in San Antonio, New Braunfels and Austin, according to the press release.

Police from San Marcos, San Antonio, Austin and New Braunfels joined forces with the FBI to investigate the series of robberies.

San Marcos named fastest-growing city in the U.S. for third consecutive year

The U.S. Census Bureau named San Marcos, Texas the fastest-growing city in the U.S. with a population over 50,000.

According to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau, San Marcos’ population totaled 58,892 in 2014, a 7.9 percent increase from 2013 numbers. Texas had six cities rank amongst the top 13 fastest-growing cities including Georgetown, Conroe and New Braunfels.

Georgetown trailed behind San Marcos at second on the list for the fastest growing cities in the U.S., according to the press release. Texas had five cities with the largest population gains between 2013 and 2014.

Changes proposed to Sessom Drive

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Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) officials presented updates to the Sessom Drive improvement project at the May 19 city council meeting.

Officials unveiled plans for widened sidewalks, improved traffic signals, intersection modifications and construction timeline adjustments. The start of construction has been moved from fall 2015 to spring 2016, said Shaun Condor, CIP project engineer.

Condor’s presentation included proposed changes to the intersection of Aquarena Springs and Sessom Drive. Condor said changes to the timing of traffic lights and the installation of improved signals would make crossing safer for pedestrians.

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