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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 7, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Sunday May A Storm rages through Texas FORT WORTH Texas AP One day after a storm packing 70 mph winds fired softballsized hail at Mayfest celebrators then swept motorists away in flash floods in Dal las the death toll rose to at least 13 Saturday Rescuers were searching for at least four people known missing after a storm pummeled North Texas on Fri day night injuring about 100 Ninety people were treated for most ly minor injuries ranging from cuts caused by broken glass to bruises from hailstones after the storm hit the out door Mayfest Harris Methodist Fort Worth hospital nursing supervisor Marie Chilton said I got hit so hard I thought I was going to pass out and Im not a faint ing said Kay Carlson one of about people at the festi val when the hail grew from peasize to softballsize We saw car windows being smashed Within an hour the storm that buried some roads in up to two feel of hail stones was racing on to miles away At Baylor University Medical Cen ter patients were rushed to another floor when floodwater poured into the emergency room ruining electrical cir cuits and contaminating emergency equipment spokeswoman Jennifer Coleman said At the Haggar Pants Service Center warehouse at least two workers were killed and 12 were injured when the roof collapsed Dallas Deputy Fire Chief Steve Bass said I thought the devil himself had just broke janitor Jimmy Harris said Nine people drowned in the storms some apparently trying to escape flood ed vehicles and another two appar ently killed in lighting strikes one in Dallas and one in Irving authorities said People have been driving through high water A lot try to get out and they got swept away from their Dallas Fire Department spokeswoman Carolyn Garcia said On Saturday afternoon workers were still searching for four people feared swept away Dallas Emergency Management spokesman Mark Flake said About customers lost power including an American Airlines termi nal at DallasFort Worth International Airport Forty flights were diverted most to San Antonio Tulsa Oklahoma City and Houston spokeswoman Mar ion Deesisto said In Arlington Six Flags Over Texas was closed for mopping up and the power was out anyway The park was expected to reopen Sunday spokesman Bruce Neal said fr Rafters Grill AT ROCKIN R RIVER RIDES Burgers Grilled BBQ Breakfast IF YOU EAT BETTER THAN THIS YOUR MOM FIXED IT 629BEER Picnic on the banks of the river or the comfort of our shaded music deck Communities brace for base closing news WASHINGTON AP Communities across Texas are anxiously waiting to leam whether their military instal lations will be added this week to the list of those already being considered for closure or realignment The Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission meets Wednesday to decide which bases to add to the hit list proposed in February by the Pentagon Three of Texas 19 major defense installations have been recommended for closure by the Defense Department Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio Red River Army Depot in Texarkana and Reese AFB in Lubbock A fourth Corpus Christi Naval Air Station would face serious realignment under the Pentagon plan Now the independent baseclosings commission known as BRAC gets its chance to add to the Defense Department list Once the addon decisions are made the commission has until July 1 to weigh all bases on the list and decide which to keep on the chopping block Congress must accept or reject the BRAC recommendations in their entirety without modification Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio is widely viewed as the Texas installation most likely to be targeted by BRAC In the 1993 baseclosing round the commissioners added Kelly for review but then saved the huge base in the final judgment Kellys potential vulnerability stems from the commis sions apparent disagreement with the Air Force over excess depot capacity After toying with the idea of closing two depots the Air Force decided to keep all five maintenance facilities off the list It argued that closing depots would cost more up front than reducing all of the depots and ultimate ly would save less money Sen Kay Bailey Hutchison who has been working on Capitol Hill to defend the Texas bases said there is a rea sonable chance that the commission will add depots to the list If they do Im sure that Kelly will be the Texas Republican said in a recent interview Paul Roberson a retired general and project director of San Antonios BRAC 95 Task Force agreed My expec tation at the hearinp next is mmmiscinn will add all five Air Logistic Centers to the review he said If one of the Air Force depots is added for review then all five should be Mrs Hutchison and Roberson stressed The lowest rated depot is McClellan Air Force Base in California a politically important state that has been hard hit by previous base closures Kelly ranks fourth lowest though Texas officials have questioned the numbers used to rate the depots They also note that Kelly is the cheapest to operate and boasts unique assets including the worlds largest airplane hangar Drought causes desperation on border PHARR Texas AP Ruben Quintanilla focuses his binoculars on pumps on the opposite edge of the Rio Grande watching powerlessly as they suck a steady torrent into a Mexican irrigation canal He says Mexican farmers in broad daylight are taking water that belongs to Texas They are just sticking in 100 of them pumps right and said Quintanilla a Texas deputy for the Rio Grande watermaster They dont care They are desperate right If a drought in northern Mexico con tinues the seeds of desperation among Mexican farmers likely will blow into Texas ranch country and the rich row crops of the Rib Grande Valley Illegal pumping from the Rio Grande is only part of a looming inter national water crisis Reservoirs that feed the border rivers muddy flow are dangerously low potentially drying up the key source of water in this semi arid delta Mexican border cities soon could ask to borrow Texas reserves to survive the summer a prospect that bristles many Texans including Gov George W Bush If Mexico continues to be using water they will be using our said Texas Rio Grande watermaster John Hinojosa IV Obviously we will have overnight less than what we think we Mexico continued heavy irrigation despite a drought that began nearly two years ago in Chihuahua the north ern state whose watershed supplies most of the water in Amistad Reservoir and Falcon Lake Hinojosa said Mexico has used all but percent of its reserves in those two crucial reservoirs created by international dams of the Rio Grande Texas which shares the reservoirs with Mexico under a 1944 treaty is expected to drain down to half of its reserves by July The forecast is bleak Unless major rains hit upstream between bonedry Chihuahua and West Texas Mexico could exhaust its reserves this month Hinojosa projects that most Texas farmers will have enough water to bring crops to harvest this summer but they could wind up with nothing for irrigation next year If Mexico con tinues to irrigate his norain scenario has Texans running out even sooner Texans who use up their Rio Grande water rights must pay roughly 20 times higher prices to private water contrac tors or rely on iffy dryland farming Win a Shopping Spree for Mom Shop longer Factory Outlet Center in San Marcos Reigster to win in any of our 38 Brand Name Manufacturers and Designer Outlet Stores through May 14 Drawing will be held May 15 Buy direct and save 2565 off retail prices If you cant decide what to get Mom Gift Certificates are available at the Mall Office TANGER FACTORY OUTLET CENTER Heal the System Buy Direct 135 Exit 200 San Marcos Texas MondaySaturday 99 Attention Hill Country Businesses Did you know that travel to Texas generates over 21 billion dollars in expenditures each year and that travel expenditures in Texas averaged million per county you know that New Braunfels attracts million visitors per year with approxi mately million in direct visitor expenditures New Braunfels ranks in the top 10 of all Texas cities in direct expenditures by A summer visitor survey indicates that summer visitors have a million dollar economic impact on the local Would you like a portion of those dollars spent with your business this year If your answer is yes you wont want to miss the opportunity to participate in an exciting new marketing Welcome to New Braunfels Make Mothers Day heartfelt with handcrafted gifts from Texas Craft Works Handmade Crafts Homemade Prices In New Braunfels Courtyard Center Exit 187 off1H35 In San Antonio One Bandera Plaza Inside Loop 4 JO on Handera across from HEB Marketplace Redondo Plaza On Bitters near 281 behind Target A great place to A great place to stay Contact The Herald Advertising department today for more information on how you too can reach the lucrative tourist and resident markets with this new magazine concept The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung 2106259144 707 Landa Street New Braunfels Texas 78130
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