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RM 2900 bridge opening

Communities reconnected with opening of RM 2900 bridge

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS For 220 days, residents south of the Llano River looked across to a community they could no longer quickly reach. Short trips to the grocery store or school had become 45-minute treks after a flood on October 16, 2018, destroyed the old RM 2900 bridge in Kingsland. (more…)

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Marble Falls City Council

Marble Falls, homeowners go back and forth on house’s safety

Correction: A previous version of this story said a police officer ordered the Dunnams to leave their home on October 18, 2018. It was actually a city staff member who was with the officer that day who asked them to leave. STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS For over 14 years, the city of Marble Falls has […]

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New RM 2900 bridge almost finished

Construction on new RM 2900 bridge nearing its end

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS The new RM 2900 bridge in Kingsland has crossed the Llano River and connected to the south side of Lake LBJ. (more…)

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Llano County commissioners and staff look at a map provided by county surveyor John Ables showing discrepancies between high-water marks from the October 2018 flood and proposed Federal Emergency Management Agency floodplain maps. Commissioners approved a resolution to send to FEMA during the May 6 workshop demanding the federal agency consider all new flood data before beginning the final appeal process. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Llano County questions accuracy of FEMA flood maps

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Patty Pfister not only has high-water marks from the October 2018 flood on her family land in Castell but also from the historic flood of 1935. (more…)

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A pickup truck made its way over the Kingsland Slab low-water crossing when it was open. However, Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn is warning drivers who don’t heed low-water barricades when officials close the Slab due to high water. If drivers go around the barricades and attempt to cross the Kingsland Slab, deputies will arrest them. State law makes going around low-water barricades a misdemeanor offense. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Sheriff: Kingsland Slab barrier evaders will be arrested

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON When Llano County Sheriff Bill Blackburn says anyone caught driving around barricades at the Kingsland Slab crossing is going to jail, he doesn’t care if you safely make it across or have to be rescued by first responders. (more…)

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Kingsland debris removal

Llano County close to recouping money spent on flood cleanup

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Llano County is gradually getting closer to recouping some of the nearly $1.1 million it spent since October 2018 on flood debris removal. (more…)

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists conducted fish surveys during a multi-day sampling trip on the South Llano and Llano rivers. The study was done with the Llano River Watershed Alliance in March to see how fish populations were recovering from the October 2018 flood. Photo courtesy of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

State parks department sees life rebuilding in Llano River

FROM STAFF REPORTS Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials are more optimistic about fish populations in the Llano River after a recent multi-day sampling trip with the Llano River Watershed Alliance. (more…)

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An aerial photo of Sandy Creek between Sandy Harbor and Sunrise Beach Village show how much sand has taken over the riverbed. Residents cut channels on the edges of the riverbed so they can get their boats and other watercraft to deeper water. At one time, the water in this area was about 15 feet deep, Sandy Harbor residents say, and people would waterski and sail boats on it. Courtesy photo

Sandy Harbor sand pile a mountainous problem

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Sandy Harbor residents Soc Gonzalez and Keith Woody stood on the historic bank and looked out at Sandy Creek. The problem was a pile of sand was all there was to look at. (more…)

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The final obstructions left in the wake of the destruction of the old RM 2900 bridge are being removed from the path of the replacement bridge. Old bridge debris has caused delays in the drilling process. The new bridge is now expected to open to traffic in May. Photo courtesy of Texas Department of Transportation

Obstructions slow 2900 bridge progress; opening moves to May

FROM STAFF REPORTS Obstructions from the collapsed RM 2900 bridge have delayed construction on the new one and pushed the opening to May, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. (more…)

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Volunteer Robert Cook helped clean out a home on Lakeshore Drive in Marble Falls in October after historic flooding. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Small Business Administration issues disaster declaration; low-interest loans available

FROM STAFF REPORTS Homeowners, renters, and business owners who suffered losses and damages due to the October 2018 flood now could be eligible for low-interest loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration. (more…)

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Lake Marble Falls will remain about 7 feet below its normal operating range for an additional three weeks, according to the Lower Colorado River Authority. Staff photo by Jennifer Greenwell

LCRA extends lakes Marble Falls, LBJ lowerings three weeks

FROM STAFF REPORTS Lakes LBJ and Marble Falls will remain lowered for three additional weeks until March 18, according to the Lower Colorado River Authority. (more…)

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The city of Marble Falls hosted a town hall meeting Jan. 29 with about 50 residents in attendance. Topics from the attendees included city communication, billing complaints, crime during the flood, and the Lower Colorado River Authority’s actions during the flood. File photo by Cade Rice

Marble Falls town hall addresses some flood-related concerns

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS About 50 residents attended a town hall meeting Jan. 29 to give their input regarding the city of Marble Falls’s response to the October flood. (more…)

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Llano County commissioners on Jan. 28 allocated an expenditure of more than $1 million to T.F.R. Enterprises Inc. for flood debris removal. Photo from Facebook

Llano County approves $1M for flood debris removal with hope of being reimbursed

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Llano County commissioners approved a seven-digit flood debris expenditure and voted against a proposal on how to allocate a $100,000 donation from the Lower Colorado River Authority during their regular meeting Jan. 28. (more…)

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The city of Marble Falls is hosting a town hall Jan. 29 in the Municipal Court Room at the Public Safety Facility, 606 Avenue N, to hear resident feedback related to the city's response to the October flood. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Marble Falls town hall Jan. 29 on city’s flood response

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS The city of Marble Falls is opening the doors of the Public Safety Facility to residents so officials can hear their feedback about the October flood response. (more…)

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Members of the Burnet High School football team on Jan. 21 helped two Lake LBJ residents in Kingsland affected by the October flood. Players bagged trash and put debris into burn piles. Courtesy photo

Burnet students put Dr. King’s words into action on service day

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Be the best you can be so you can best help the team. That’s what Burnet High School head football coach Jerod Rye repeated to his players over and over again the past several weeks. It struck him, however, that maybe actions were better than words. (more…)

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On Jan. 17, construction crews began placing the first beams on the RM 2900 bridge in Kingsland. The Texas Department of Transportation expects the project to be completed in April. Staff photo by Jared Fields

First beams going in at RM 2900 bridge construction site

FROM STAFF REPORTS The first beams for the RM 2900 bridge began being placed Jan. 17. Ten 80-foot-long beams will be set on the bridge’s first two spans on the north side of the Llano River. (more…)

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Matthew Rienstra (standing, left), first assistant county attorney, reviewed wording in an amendment to the county’s emergency declaration with Precinct 4 Commissioner Jerry Don Moss during the commissioner’s court meeting Jan. 14. Next to Moss is Precinct 2 Commissioner Linda Raschke then Llano County Judge Ron Cunningham. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Commissioners: No more flood debris pickup in Llano County

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Llano County commissioners voted during the Jan. 14 regular meeting to cease all debris removal in the county from the October flood. (more…)

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Llano County Commissioners held a workshop Jan. 7 with city leaders, and representatives from the Lower Colorado River Authority, Texas Department of Transportation, state lawmakers, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to discuss the October flood. Staff photo by Jared Fields

New 2900 bridge going through old one as construction, recovery move forward

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Construction of the new RM 2900 bridge in Kingsland has hit a snag. (more…)

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With new leader, Highland Lakes Crisis Network focuses on helping flood victims

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS The formation of the Highland Lakes Crisis Network was underway just before the Oct. 16, 2018, flood hit the area. (more…)

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Flood debris from Llano County is expected to be removed ‘well before the new year,’ according to Llano County Judge Mary Cunningham. Removal of construction and demolition debris, like this pile from Kingsland in November, is 100 percent finished in Precincts 2 and 3. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Llano County expects flood debris to be gone by start of 2019 and at lower cost

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Despite awarding a debris removal contract a month after the devastating Oct. 16 flood, Llano County officials expect debris to be gone by the new year at a fraction of the estimated cost. (more…)

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Chali Henderson, program director of the Phoenix Center, is presenting ‘Recovering from Traumatic Loss After the Texas Hill Country Flood’ at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 909 Avenue D in Marble Falls. The program addresses some of the affects the flood cast on victims. It is free to attend and includes a meal. RSVP to bre@ellislp.com. Courtesy photo

Phoenix Center therapist presents flood trauma program

BY PAM RODGERS The TV news crews have all returned home, the storm clouds have disappeared, and the water has subsided from the Highland Lakes flood on Oct. 16. But the rain and rushing water left behind a trail of physical reminders of the disaster and the lives it disrupted. (more…)

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Though the Oct. 16 flood occurred more almost two months ago, the recovery is still ongoing. The Episcopal Diocese of Texas donated a number of gift cards to assist people with their needs. The cards are available starting Dec. 10 at the Community Resource Center, 1016 Broadway in Marble Falls, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Before a flood victim can pick up a card, though, they must be registered with the Highland Lakes Crisis Network. File photo

Gift cards going out to Highland Lakes flood victims in need

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Victims of the October flood are invited to contact the Community Resource Center in Marble Falls to obtain H-E-B, Lowe’s Home Improvement, and Walmart gift cards. (more…)

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The Skit Guys, the comedy duo of Tommy Woodard (left) and Eddie James, brought laughter and fun to the stage during 'A Night of Laughter' flood relief comedy benefit on Nov. 29 at First Baptist Church of Marble Falls. The event, which also featured musician Coffey Anderson, raised more than $8,400 for flood relief efforts. Courtesy photo

Church’s ‘Night of Laughter’ raises $8,400 for Burnet County flood victims fund

SPECIAL TO DAILYTRIB.COM Shortly after the devastating floods in October, First Baptist Church of Marble Falls wanted to do something to lift the community’s spirits while also raising money to help those in need. Missions and Discipleship Pastor Norman Flowers made a few calls to his contacts in the entertainment industry, and “A Night of […]

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Burnet County officials continue reviewing bids for debris removal from this temporary site near Granite Shoals City Hall in the wake of October’s historic flood. With an estimated 15,500 cubic yards of debris, the cost to remove the trash could cost nearly a half-million dollars. Staff photo by Jared Fields

Burnet County approves lake debris-removal plan using portion of LCRA donation

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Burnet County commissioners approved a plan to allocate a $100,000 donation from the Lower Colorado River Authority beginning in January when the lakes are lowered. (more…)

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Star Republican Women chair Marsha Lovelady announced the organization is partnering with the Kingsland Lions Club, represented here by Dave Richison (left) and Jay Ward (right), to raise funds for Kingsland and Llano County flood relief. Courtesy photo

Star Republican Women and Kingsland Lions Club partner in flood relief effort

FROM STAFF REPORTS While much attention has moved away from the historic October flood that damaged more than 900 homes in Llano County and the Kingsland community, the Star Republican Women, in partnership with the Kingsland Lions Club, are launching an effort to help victims rebuild their lives and homes. (more…)

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Members of the Frank Griggs American Legion Post 370 in Llano are organizing a cleanup day Dec. 1 for damage caused by the October flooding. A free lunch will be provided during the cleanup at the building, 200 Legion Drive in Llano. Courtesy photo

American Legion post in Llano organizes cleanup day at flood-damaged building

FROM STAFF REPORTS Floodwaters left mud and caused interior damage to Llano’s Frank Griggs American Legion Post 370, and now members are asking the community’s help for one day. (more…)

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