BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) – For some Bastrop County residents, their worst fears were realized Wednesday when officials released the first list of destroyed homes.
“We didn’t know but when we left in a hurry, we were pretty sure it was gone,” said Barbara Pereira, who had her fears confirmed by the list. “Yeah, it is on the list.”
Many walked away from the lists posted Wednesday on the convention center walls with tears in their eyes.
For those who did not see their home on the list, the wait and frustration continued.
“There are a lot of rumors that things were gone, but people are giving info they don’t know and it is making it worse,” said one man.
Bastrop County Judge Ronnie McDonald warned that more bad news is coming for the community hit hardest by the wave of wildfires that began flaring up Sunday.
‘These are the ones we’ve confirmed,’ McDonald said at a morning news briefing. ‘It’s not all of them.’
Earlier in the day, a list compiled by a Department of Public Safety trooper of all the homes in Bastrop’s Tahitian Village that have been either damaged, destroyed or still intact.
According to post on the Tahitian Village Facebook page, Trooper Anthony Owens drove through the neighborhood and inventoried every address he could.
‘He went to Tahitian to check on a friend’s home and ended up staying for HOURS to check on anyone else’s home that he could,’ the Facebook post said. ‘His selfless action brought news to many searching – good or bad, it was more info than they could get anywhere else.’
The same post also warns residents and would-be onlookers to stay away until authorities are allowing people back into the area.
McDonald, meanwhile, said no new structures were damaged overnight in Bastop County.