Camille Smolik reflects back on the devastation of '98 flood

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record

Choosing to rebuild a business in the same location following a catastrophic event is a difficult decision to make. That was certainly the case for Camille Smolik after the flood of 1998 devastated the Cuero area, including her market: Smolik’s Meats & BBQ.

Over 50 inches of water, the highest crest for the Guadalupe River near Cuero in recorded history, poured into town two decades ago on Oct. 20, 1998.

“It was crazy trying to stay on top of all the news releases to make sure you take care of things,” Smolik recalled.

At the time, she was also working full-time at Cuero Home Health, so her priority were her nurses and patients.

“It was an event nobody had predicted how catastrophic it was going to end up being,” she said. I spent the day doing my job, managing the nurses being out and making sure they were safe. If patients needed to be moved, I’d find a place for them to go, while trying to stay in contact with family about the business. I was stuck inside all day with no chance to go outside.”

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