Over the 2015 Memorial Day weekend, more than 12 inches of rain fell along the watershed of the Blanco River. In just a few short hours, the river rose in Wimberley from roughly 5 feet to a crest just over 41 feet, far above the 13 feet flood stage and well past the all-time peak level of 32 feet set in 1929. Tremendous flash flooding ensued as a result.
Entire blocks of homes in Wimberley were swept away by a "tidal wave of water" (The Wall Street Journal). Officials reported 320 homes destroyed in the town and 12 people lost their lives. Many of the centuries-old trees that lined the riverbank and formed a major part of Wimberley's identity were reduced to piles of rubble.
Last year, RETREETers began to make a major impact in Wimberley. They planted 206 trees at 37 home sites alongside 45 local volunteers, and left an important psychological, economic, and visual legacy that will last for generations to come. The time has come for another round!