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Tubing company owner to help Martindale with flood recovery effort

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The owner of a San Marcos river tubing company displaced by last week's flooding is working to help a town downstream with their own recovery effort.

Most of the fleet of yellow buses used to haul tubers at Don's Fish Camp, remain bogged down in a muddy pit. The parking area was swamped Thursday when the San Marcos river over ran its banks. It got real deep real fast according to owner Craig Coleman.

The business office was even pushed off its foundations and floated over the transports according to the other side.

Four of his buses floated away. One was found near the Skull Road Crossing. Other buses were found in trees.

Residents say the river didn't reach the level of the '98 flood but the water rose must faster than it did back then.

All of that water, all that debris, headed straight for Martindale.

The small cotton gin town dates back to the mid 1800's and has weathered its share of storms. While Main Street remained dry and the town's water system was not tainted by the flood because it's fed by deep wells.

But a few homes on the east side of town were damaged as was the town park. While county crews were out Wednesday washing down muddy roadways, City Administrator Tom Forrest told FOX 7 cleaning up will still require a community effort.

"We're trying to get some assistance, liked I said, we only have couple of staff members to do this. Texas Disposal Systems has been extremely helpful they've brought in dumpsters. We're trying to pull things away from the river now and get it cleaned up," Forrest said.

Tubing owner Craig Coleman has also pledged to help. Some of the heavy equipment he is bringing in to repair his business, he says, can be used to work the cleanup downstream.

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