Video: Aerial view of Texas flood damage

(Rodolfo Gonzalez/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Seeing is believing for state leaders as they come down to tour the flood zone. Gov. Greg Abbott visited earlier this week and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick flew over the flood zone Thursday.

Lifting off in a DPS helicopter, Patrick took in the full extent of the damage. He pointed out the home the three families stayed in, the last place they were seen before water swept them away. Next, the lieutenant governor noticed the bridge that water barreled over, as the river doubled in width and rose 20 feet. Back on the ground, he talked about what could be done.

“We’re going to do everything we can to help you recover, but also prepare for future events like this,” he said.

Patrick said local responders want more alarms and gauges up river and more dams could control the water better and capture it to help during periods of drought. But above all, the loss of life and those still missing weighed on him.

“I asked the question, how long will it be and will we find everyone who’s missing?” said Patrick.

A question left unanswered as state leaders grapple with how the state should respond to the flood.

The legislative session ends June 1, in just a few days.  Lawmakers are expected to debate Friday how much money should be pushed toward Hays County for flood relief.

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