Reopen for Business
With the RR12 bridge open, Wimberley begins to come back
By Kate X Messer,
3:20PM, Fri. Jun. 5, 2015
When we first interviewed flood-affected folks, we heard a recurring sentiment: This disaster event is not something that will magically heal overnight, no matter how massive and effective the initial response. And over and over we heard the same thing: "Once the disaster crews leave, don't forget about us."
Texas flood communities are in it for the long haul. And in the minds of many, the sooner certain things can get back to normal – with visitors like you coming to town and supporting the local economy, for example – the quicker comes recovery.
One marker for the beautiful Hill Country hamlet, Wimberley, is its monthly Lions Market Days held each first Saturday. The assumption was that the June Market Day would have to be postponed due to traffic and other road hazards. But with news of the reopening of the second lane of the RR12 bridge, residents became optimistic.
The June Market Day is on, tomorrow, Saturday, June 6, 7am-4pm, and with it, news of shops, restaurants, and accommodations open and ready for business.
We're heading down tomorrow to Market Days and to visit the Volunteer Resource Centers there and in San Marcos. We'll post a gallery early next week.
Here are a few resources for you, should you wish to go out and begin supporting the small Texas communities hit by the 2015 floods:
• Check our regularly updated Flood Relief post. Look up the Facebook page of the community you wish to travel to and see what their status is before venturing out.
• Go see a show and support those hit hardest
• Don't be a Disaster Tourist
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