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Officials Focus On Trees Damaged In Central Texas Flooding

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Brent Boller
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WIMBERLY — Officials are dealing with the scope of tree damage after the Blanco River flooded over Memorial Day weekend in Central Texas.

Paul Johnson with the Texas A&M Forest Service says as many as 12,000 trees were damaged or destroyed in the flood between Blanco and San Marcos. He said bald cypresses were the most common type of tree that was damaged.

The Austin American-Statesman reports forestry experts are trying to get the word out about the proper disposal of dead or damaged trees.

Susan Nenney, a Hays County master naturalist, says homeowners should leave downed trees by the river where they are because they are helpful for holding soil in place. She says they will serve as nurseries for new plants to come back and help stabilize the river.