Wilson County residents near river ordered to evacuate

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by Brix Fowler / KENS 5

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Posted on May 26, 2013 at 10:40 AM

WILSON COUNTY, Texas - An evacuation was ordered Saturday for those living along the San Antonio River from Elmendorf to below Floresville.

The San Antonio River was predicted to crest around 60 feet early Sunday morning and slowly fall throughout the afternoon.

Residents along the San Antonio River whose homes have flooded in the past are expected to see flooding again, according to a press release.

People are encouraged to treat the situation as life-threatening and to take action rather than wait and see what happens.

A record crest for the river occurred in 1998 at 64.7 feet.

Sacramento Garcia has lived along FM 1303 in Wilson County for almost 70 years. And despite warnings from emergency personnel that his home and others from Elmendorf to below Floresville need to be evacuated, he said he was not leaving.

"If they came by and told you you had to evacuate, would you? No," Garcia said.

Local officials were going door to door asking people to leave their homes and go to a shelter at Floresville Middle School on Saturday.

"When it's time to go home, your house will still be there, but your family will be safe," says Tricia Olsen from Eagle Creek EMS.

If they don't get out by midnight, emergency personnel are afraid that with the San Antonio River expected to crest early Sunday morning, people's lives could be in danger -- just like they were 15 years ago.

"Some people were trapped in that area and some couldn't get out for days, some for weeks at a time," Olsen said. "Anyone that is bed-bound, things like that, they need to be evacuated because if we cannot get to them when they have an emergency, things could get very bad for them."

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