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Breaking News

Overnight flooding causes widespread damage in Wilson County; emergency crews make numerous rescues

Overnight flooding causes widespread damage in Wilson County; emergency crews make numerous rescues
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Wilson County News
August 21, 2016, 11:43am

(Updated 12:53 p.m.) Unofficial rainfall totals of between 5 and 12 inches across Wilson County and surrounding areas within a short span overnight Aug. 20-21 has caused flooding and widespread damage. Roads were closed as waterways flooded, there were several water rescues and evacuations by county first responders and members of Texas Task Force 1, and the American Red Cross opened a shelter for flood victims at Floresville Middle School.

At this time, there are no anticipated school closures in the county and students should report for their first day of school in the Stockdale, Floresville, and Poth school districts.

County officials say all major roadways in Wilson County are open today. Damage to roadways and flooding at low-water crossings has many county roads, farm-to-market roads, and local lanes closed, including:

•U.S. Hwy. 181 Business Loop

•F.M. 537 at the Cibolo Creek

•C.R. 427

•Parts of F.M. 539

•Numerous roadways in precincts 1, 2, and 4.

U.S. 87 between Sutherland Springs and Stockdale was closed overnight, due to flooding, as were parts of S.H. 123 in the Stockdale area and U.S. 181 in Floresville.

According to Edwin Baker with the Wilson County Office of Health and Public Safety, crews rescued one wheelchair-bound man from a residence near the Ecleto Creek in the Caddo area of northeastern Wilson County, as well as two women from vehicles on C.R. 427, and one person from a vehicle on F.M. 537 at Marcelina Creek.

A Red Cross shelter opened at Floresville Middle School at 3 a.m. Sunday.

LeAnn Hosek with the Wilson County Office of Emergency Management advises that as of 10 a.m. Sunday morning, “... there are no residents affected by the flooding staying in the American Red Cross shelter” at Floresville Middle School.

If the shelter remains empty, it will close at noon, she said.

The National Weather Service in Austin/San Antonio has issued a flood warning for the Cibolo Creek and San Antonio River, to moderate severity. This affects the Cibolo Creek at Sutherland Springs from this afternoon to late Tuesday night.

More rain is anticipated, with the possibility of up to another 8 inches in some areas. Stay tuned to news sources and be prepared to take action in the event of flooding.

Your Opinions and Comments

Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
August 24 at 2:09pm
Everybody who got flooded should get up a petition: No more sports; no more attorneys; UNTIL WE GET SOME DRAINAGE IN THIS TOWN!!! This is ridiculous ...

Deci Murphy  
Floresville, TX  
August 24 at 10:05am
Getting back to the headline of this article, I sure wish a City resident would express their displeasure that the council has chosen to pay a SA law firm $100,000 while your streets wash away, your houses get filled with water.... More ›

August 23 at 10:10am
Anyone who would shoot a defenseless dog needs to be put down. What a disgusting person you must be JW. Post your real name for everyone to see including any employee or church gro u p.

Floresville, Texas  
August 23 at 9:49am
Deci, thank you for doing what you can for these lost and abandoned babies...just ignore that jerk...

Floresville, Texas  
August 23 at 9:47am
Just wondering - you are the monster here! It is not the animal's fault it was dumped and deserves to be rescued. Animals are like children. They do not understand why their owners dumped them. Some of those malnourished... More ›

Just Wondering  
Poth, TX  
August 22 at 8:55pm
Deci a .22 shell is pretty cheap.

Deci Murphy  
Floresville, TX  
August 22 at 12:09pm
Franklin: I know the $ amount given to you by Z's might sound outrageous but, as a very minor rescuer of dogs, I never mix a "new" rescue with my pack until they go to the vet to get checked out and whatever shots... More ›

August 22 at 10:34am
Called Z's about a dog that was found and they want $100 and $20 if they dont have shots,,,Really??

Nannette Kilbey-Smith, Editor  
August 22 at 10:11am
Nixon-Smiley CISD schools are CLOSED today after the weekend weather event. However, students are back in class after summer vacation in Floresville, Poth, and Stockdale.

Elaine K.  
August 21 at 8:20pm
This information was sent to us to post: Z's Rescue and Relocation is available for any dogs lost in the flood. 210-248-7834 Non profit , no kill shelter in Floresville

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