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Kingsland commemorating 5-year anniversary of 2018 flood

RM 2900 bridge

The RM 2900 bridge was swept away during the historic flooding of October 2018. Kingsland was one of the hardest-hit communities by the rushing waters. File photo

The Kingsland Chamber of Commerce is hosting a commemoration ceremony and island party on Lake LBJ to honor the unity demonstrated by the community in the aftermath of the October 2018 flood that swept away the RM 2900 bridge. All are welcome to the event, which is Oct. 11 at Wakepoint LBJ, 14757 RR West 1431 in Kingsland.

Attendees should meet at 5 p.m. at Wakepoint, where refreshments will be served and the chamber’s annual meeting will take place. Splash Boat Rentals has donated the use of pontoon boats to ferry attendees to the Lake LBJ sandbar “island” for the ceremony. Llano County Judge Ron Cunningham and Precinct 2 Commissioner Linda Raschke will speak; a champagne toast and island party will follow.

Although the 2018 flood was devastating, it brought together the Kingsland community, chamber President Melody Yanniell told

“I think the feeling was (when the flood happened), I guess it was disbelief that that could happen so quickly, but we just rallied to the occasion,” she said. “By the same token, we were amazed at how fast things were repaired. It was unifying. Everybody was looking out for each other and pitching in.”

The Oct. 11 ceremony marks five years since torrential rains washed out the 2900 bridge in Kingsland and damaged property across the region. 

“(The ceremony) is just to discuss how far we’ve come, take a look back, and to commemorate the community on how we all came together and how far along we all are now,” Yaniell said. 

On the Docks, a Kingsland-based dock-building operation, is contributing portable floating piers for the event so attendees can step onto the LBJ islands from the pontoon boats. Danna Tree and Lawn Service will make sure the islands are mowed and accessible for the event.