Wimberley received 12 inches of rain last night causing the Blanco River and Cypress Creek to rise more than 20 feet in town.
"It was coming down at about five inches per hour," Chief Carroll Czichos with the Wimberley Fire Department.
Those two major waterways bound the city on two sides, and the rising waters effectively turned the city into an island.
"You just couldn't get out. Some of my firemen couldn't get to the station in the initial part of it and we couldn't get out," Czichos said.
Because the weather was so severe in Wimberley, they called San Marcos emergency crews in to help.
"We had water all over and I seen water in places I haven't seen it in a long time,” Chief Czichos said.
The storm destroyed a three-year-old bridge and threatened downtown Wimberley.
Kathy Utts' brand new yarn shop stands right against the banks.
"I felt like ‘Oh what are the chances? It never rains in central Texas anymore,’" she said.
The water came within a foot of washing her out. Instead of destruction, it left her and her son, Tom, with a life lesson.
“It opens your eyes to the realism of how dangerous these situations can be,” Tom Utts said.
Now it's just a matter of tidying up and moving on.
"It's Halloween tonight and business as usual and tomorrow it will be a beautiful day," Kathy Utts said.