Thursday, June 18, 1987

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 18, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas New Texas Stammtisch Braunfels One Pages Zeituno 119 Thursday June 25 Cents Flood fears unfounded as dam release goes up Frank Old Man River Smith and Bill Haas have rafted in the Guadalupe when it flowed at some cubic feet per second and say a lot of not nearly as horri as the fainthearted may make it Frank knows this river like the back of his and Says you gotta know what youre do ing to safely and successfully negotiate the It helps to a raft larger than a twoor threeperson Frank suggests daring folks who finds themselves in trouble and wind up tipping over in a cfs river should recognize that swimming for the most You dont You certainly dont try to swim back All that is going to happen is youre going to go said Frank concurs and says that you Will not reach the bank if you try to swim directly to and probably the best recourse is to go with the flow and try to steer yourself gradually to the all the while doing your best to simply stay above the In case you didnt Gruene River Bridge crossing was closed at about 10 Wednesday State Judith Zaffirini will ad dress her constituents at June in the meeting room of First Federal Savings and Loan Comal County Democrats are sponsoring Zaf firinis speech on the upcoming special session of our Texas The public is invited and refreshments will be Members of the Democratic Party in Comal Cpunty are asked to arrive at 7 for a short business Jan a fine human is president of the The Sophienburg Memorial Association Fourth of July celebration will include antique and classic cars being driven down San Antonio circling the Plaza and toodling on down Landa to its namesake Somewhere along the the Stratemann family and friends will join in the entourage on antique The Community Band will do its thing under the direction of a fine musician and con Arlen and will herald the arrival of the parade to Area U in Landa probably around 10 The Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps color guard will present the and there will be renditions of the National serenades by barber shop quartets and other By DAVID MAY andJIMWEBRE Staff Writers Concerns from property owners downstream of Canyon Lake Dam along the Guadalupe River that maximum discharges from the dam will cause flooding are un according to Corps of Engineer Reports of total flows of cfs or greater within the channel refer to flows downstream of New Braunfels pro per and indicate what Corps engineers said would be the result of a cfs dam release combining with other runoff and tributary contributions into the Guadalupe by the time it reaches Victoria in about five The total flow within the Guadalupe at Victoria Thurs day was greater than cfs and was Corps officials Within New Braunfels and Comal It may get as deep as 10 feet in some places and will probably put some picnic tables or barbeque pits under but there will not be any significant property said Jerry reservoir manager for the Corps at the Lake officials began releasing what by 6 yester day was to be cubic feet per Brite said by the release rate may be increased to the max imum cfs in an effort to lower the lake Sally Werst of the Fort Worth office said all releases are continuously monitored and all figures to date are contingent on little or no rainfall within the next several days or As of 5 Canyon Lake hit its all time a recorded feet above mean sea level and was continuing to rise at a slow The level at which un When it gets hot in Texas it sure nuf does get Mostly sunny skies will be the norm for the rest of the weeH and into the Theres a 20 percent chance of tnvuider showers this afternoon with a daytime high expected in the Tonight will fee fair and warm with a low in the upper 70s apd near 10 Ejrly mjrnjng cloudiness will greet MS js ihji with a synny and Jjoj gftfimon ojtj High will reach the mid njojt sjjne with late tt the in tge controlled spillage occurs is 943 feet above mean sea Conditions at the lake were reassessed and the lake level was not expected to rise above the 943foot Brite said the dam has been monitored continuously for structural The three vulnerable points along the the hollow portion at the bottom center of the dam where waters are and attached abutments on either side were neither weakened nor threatened in any way by the increased lake What you have here is a real good story where your tax dollars and mine have built a dam that said Sally public information officer for the Corps regional Fort Worth office where lake and weather condi tions have been Corps and lake officials have said continuously that the dam was performing the function for which it was con structed contain the flood People need to understand Werst Werst said economists have estimated the savings to properties as a result of the dam was around adding the estimate is Damage totaling in the millions of dollars of damage already have occurred as a result of monthlong rains that dumped a total of some 26 inches of rain on portions of South Central especially in the Victoria Corps officials today continued to discharge roughly cfs after National Weather Service officials in San Antonio reported that no precipation is anticipated within the next several days and following reports in downstream areas such as Cuero and Guadalupe that the river and its inflow levels had See Page 2 Site of construction accident Wednesday at Smithson Valley High School that seriously injured two A MAST helicopter ambulance carries one of the injured men to a San Antonio Photos by Leslie Kriewaldt Two injured when 500pound beams fall at new school site ByDAVIPMAY Staff Writer One man remains in critical condi tion and another is reported in satisfactory condition in area hospitals today following a tragic ac cident Wednesday morning at the construction site of the new Smithson Valley High School on Smithson Valley Gregory of Lytle was listed as critical this morning by Brooke Army Medical Center of ficials at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio where he was transported by MAST helicopter from the He sustained head injuries and one report that he was brain dead would not be confirmed by BAMC In satisfactory condition today at McKenna Memorial Hospital is Keith of San His injuries are said to be back He was transported by Bulverde Emergency Medical Service am According to Comal County Sheriffs Deputy Roger both men were standing on a steel beam about 20 feet above ground when a crane hoisting beams to the men ap parently struck the one they were standing knocking them to the ground and sending five 500pound beams on top of It wasnt the fall so much as the beams that fell on top of said NoJte of the mens Schoolcraft was listed as being employed by subcontractor Weedies Welding and Reports were incomplete today as to the employer of LawsonAviHa of Houston is the general contractor at the Paul Lawson arrived at the scene this morning and company officials were not issuing any Officials See Page2 Photo by Deryl Clark Teens escape serious injury in Jeep rollover Two New Braunfels teenagers escaped major injuries when the Jeep they were riding in rolled over four throwing them from the vehicle on the Interstate 35 access road about 4 Stephanie of Ciboio said she thanks God that the driver of the Jeep swerved to miss her car as she entered the access road from the but she hopes both young men Police reports of the accident state that Christopher and Pedro both of New Braunfels were driving south on the northbound twoway access road when Allen failed to yield the rightofway to who was ex iting from the Allen swerved to miss the oncoming forcing his Jeep off the pave witnesses When the driver tried to maneuver his vehi cle onto the it rolled over four police reports I would have gotten hit if he hadnt dodged Ellis I looked in the rearview mirror and saw the Erica a said she watched as the Jeep rolled 1 turned around and I saw them Then I looked back and there was the she Both men were listed in satisfactory condition at McKen na Memorial A hospital spokesperson said the injuries were not No citations were N city compromise to downscale transfer By DAVID MAY Staff Writer A compromise between city and utility ironed out before the New Braunfels Utilities board meeting was approved by NBU trustees in a 4tol The utilities approved granting the city half its requested additional transfer amount with no strings The beginning in will receive six monthly payments totaling to offset budget City whose members were notified of the ar rangement and found it acceptable according to board member Mayor George are expected to ac cept the grant and give fiscal 1987 88s general operating budget or dinance its third and final reading to day at in the meeting room of the City Manager Joe Michie said the city will defer the hiring of all propos ed additional police and fire depart ment personnel until in cluding necessary vehicles for the police department and said the move also keeps intact a pro posed employee pay raise of l to 2 Trustee Vice President Albert who opposed any type of in creased transfer of funds throughout voted against the utility The monies provided will come from funds that the utility would have placed in its contingency reserve The board said that with a current fund of some by the tirne January rolls they expect to have right at million in surplus See Page 2 Food distribution draws moves to new site 9y SARAH fan Writer Ifexjt tts mare thjft 4PJ hjivf wajtejj jjj Jjfte WUJ toe towa tie sew tews tired of the igrge numbers of people moving JtfWgn fte building the thir4 Twesdjry of sssh hi ssjd hg believed it should be community tbteg md thjj wijp eyeryojf sbowJliJ be Lupe 1 employee whj worfe with rifetttAQfl ifl the tjjaja 125 pjeopig guttered of Ar Ojtf Lady of PerpetMSJ ehjirgjyt bjelore to aaeir to ta uje gpyfirnfflSBt m AM ng site is ajger md wl wore iy pjeopie bad to get their share of free A smJJ 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