Hurricane Harvey


Harvey's impact reaches the Highland Lakes area

All state parks are open free of charge to people taking shelter from the storms in South Texas. The staff at Inks Lake State Park welcomes Hurricane Harvey refugees with smiles. They include, front from left, Crystal Kohanek, office manager; T.K. Laurendo, park host, and Kristen New: back, from left, Jasmine Scott, interpreter; Nichelle Hodge; Cory Evans, superintendent, and Shawn Greene, assistant manager.



By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Estimates have more than 30,000 Texans seeking emergency shelter as the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey continues, but many are safe and dry in the Texas Hill Country.

Mission Marble Falls at St. Frederick Church geared up for a lunch Tuesday, Aug. 29, to welcome people fleeing the storm. Ann Sherman and Ron Farmer had traveled from Port Aransas.

“When they said Harvey would come as a Category 1, we were going to stay,” said Sherman. “Then they said Category 3 or maybe 4.

“Ron said we are going. We grabbed our cat, our records, our pictures and we got out in 45 minutes.”

A few people stayed behind and the couple said the news was disheartening.

“The roof is gone and the ceiling is on the floor,” he said.

Two groups of people from Sweeney who had never met were lunching in the St. Frederick dining room.


Burnet County residents help save lives in Katy

The American Spirit was still flying high with the flag at an evacuated nursing home in La Grange, Texas.



By Jenn Robison

Burnet Bulletin


Sunday evening Chase Parks, Tyler Robison and Jacob Hein felt they were needed more than ever down in Houston, Texas, where water was rising rapidly and more people were getting trapped by the second.

They drove as far as they could but by 2:30 a.m., Katy, Texas, was as far as first responders would let them go.

“We were behind a police officer at one point on the highway coming into Katy and he turned around behind us and started to block the road,” Robison said. “We asked what was going on and he told us that we were the last to go through.”

Soon, they realized why the officer was blocking the road; water was rising quickly. They knew they needed to find where all the first responders were so they could be directed where they were needed most.


Community Relief Efforts

Minuteman Truck and Trailer that will be collecting donations Friday evening.




Jenn Robison

Burnet Bulletin

Local efforts to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey have shown the generosity and strength of character of the Hill Country as they reach out to their fellow Texans in need.

On Friday, Sept. 1, Minuteman Rentals will have their trailer set up on the Burnet square during the Aaron Watson concert at the Burnet Summer Concert Series. Minuteman will then be taking donations Sunday to affected towns in the Gulf Coast, including Port Aransas and Rockport.

The following items are being requested:

* Basic toiletries: toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, feminine products, and hand sanitizer

* Clothes: socks, shirts, pants, and shoes

* First Aid supplies

* Towels, sheets, blankets, & pillows

* Dog and cat food

* Cleaning supplies

* Water! Water! Water!


Harvey hightailing it from Highland Lakes

The 5 a.m. radar image shows the worst of the storm moving away. More information can be found at and more images from the Monday report, on the Burnet Bulletin Facebook page.

The Monday morning storm report from the National Weather Service (NWS) shows Burnet and Llano counties high and dry and a reprieve from more heavy rainfall for neighbors just to the south.

The local forecast includes a 50 percent chance of showers and gusty winds remains, improving throughout the week . Dangers for travel to the hardest hit areas remains, however.

The NWS 5 a.m. Monday, Aug.28 storm report says: Tropical Storm Harvey continues a slow drift back to the southeast and will continue southeast and emerge just offshore of the middle Texas coast Monday afternoon.

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