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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 24, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Local golfers begin TexasOklahoma junior tournament Page 5 New Braunfels 50 CENTS Her a IdZ 20332 M009 77 MICROPUBLISHINO 2627 K VANDELL DR PASO TX 79903 10 pages in one section Tuesday June Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Lucille Weekley Vol 145 No 159 Inside StanuittisCri Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Lucille Weekley Robert Elliott Patterson Sharlene Johnson Marcie Granzin San dra Bomersbach Sheila Gam brell Laura Bostic 15 Trevor Payne 6 Blake Besson 4 Natividad Ava los Jonathan Cornwall Cindy Gore Gary Poeck Tina Wehn er Debbie Roberts Dove Meyer and Edmund Scheel To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Not available Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 385 cubic feet per sec ond down 510 from Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 13 Canyon Dam discharge 150 cfs Canyon Lake inflow not available Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above fconservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Monday and gallons of well water UP Things should start drying up some Tonights forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a 30 percent chance of evening showers and thunderstorms with lows in the 70s and a south southeast wind of 10 mph Wednesday should be partly cloudy and hot with a 20 per cent chance of showers and thunderstorms highs in the low 90s and a south wind of 10 to 15 mph Wednesday night may have isolated showers and thunder storms with partly cloudy skies and temperatures ranging from the low 70s to the low 90s During the end of the week theres a slight chance of showers mainly during the afternoon to evening hours with lows in the 70s and highs in the mid 90s Watch for water over roads Rain swollen rivers and creeks are still hindering travel along certain roads in the county As of Tuesday morn ing Rebecca Creek Road at the Guadalupe River and FarmtoMarket 1863 at the Cibolo Creek were still closed because of high water over the roadway The Gruene Bridge over the Guadalupe River cur rently is open to traffic Wednesday last day to file for NBISD race Wednesday is the last day for individuals to file for the New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees Anyone stjill wishing to file has until 5 Wednesday to complete the paperwork at the Education Qenter 430 W Mill St To be eligible to file the potential candidate must have been a resident of the state for 12 months and a resident of the trustee district for 6 months prior to the last date on which the candidate could file for a place on the ballot 6 HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Jennifer Norrls gives Wilma Gentry a welcomed hug after Gentry found out her mobile home soon was going to be sub merged at Pecan Grove mobile home park in Schertz After dry 96 outfitters see hopes for 1997 float away By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor Mother Nature is not being nice to Guadalupe River outfitters This is bad we did not need Little Ponderosa owner Al Zator said Sunday afternoon as rains continued to fall and Canyon Lake continued to rise Tourists started trickling out of Whitewater Sports when the rain began said Mike Martz who helped out at Whitewater Sports The out flow of tourists from the campground had become a steady stream by Sat urday and by Sunday all had gone home or to motels Little Ponderosa along with other outfitters on the Guadalupe had to shut its doors to tube and raft busi ness last weekend because of the del uge The river itself didnt flood and that was misleading Zator said People were still calling Little Ponderosa on Sunday afternoon wanting to rent rafts The river because of the dam looks fine he said The grounds so saturated though that if you just get a good burst of water it could get dan gerous really The river flow looked fine for tub ing and rafting Sunday because the Canyon Dam was almost closed only letting 100 cubic feet per second of water out Martz said But as the rain continued more and more water accu mulated in the lake That water would have to be released sooner or later he said Its going to be several weeks before its back to Martz said Until the lake level and the riv Turn to Outfitters Page 2A We did not need this Floodwaters damage homes wash away business for Guadalupe outfitters no deaths injuries reported Canyon Lake fills inflow nears record HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall One of the Clark family members gets emotional as they are forced to leave their Spring Branch home on the Guadalupe River Sunday afternoon BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer The section of the Guadalupe River from Canyon Dam to Seguin flows at a leisurely rate seemingly ideal for summer recreation But the calm appearance belies what is to come Nearrecord inflow into Canyon Reservoir and lake levels expected to reach 28 feet above the flood control level combined with flood conditions downstream at Victoria complicate release rates from the dam officials said Flow into Canyon Reser voir reached as high as cubic feet per sec ond on Sunday Officials said this is one of the highest inflow rates since the record inflow of cfs in 1978 The inflow remained near cfs on Monday Water levels at Victoria are 7 feet above flood level To assuage flood conditions downstream the flow rate from the dam was reduced to about 160 cfs on Sunday Jerry Brite lake manager for the Army Corps of Engineers said a portion of North Park which is on high er ground is still opened to camping Comal Park Pot ters Creek Park Cranes Mill Park Jacobs Creek Park and Canyon Park are all closed Some parks the low ele vation parks such as Comal Park Cranes Mill Park and Potters Creek Park will be closed for several Brite said We maybe Flbcli997 H Canyon Lake is expected to reach 937 feet above sea level 6 feet below the spillway M Guadalupe River flow into Canyon Lake was as high as cubic feet per sec ond one of the highest since the record cfs in 1978 1 Outfitters say summer tourism business is sunk this year M Residents in Bulverde and Schertz had to flee their homes reopening portions of North Park Jacobs Creek Park and Canyon Park once the water recedes off the park The Canyon Lake Marina and Papa Docks Restaurant in Canyon Park are separated from the mainland by water Boaters are advised against using the lake because of debris However those who do are encouraged to travel slowly and keep the lakeshore in sight Skiing personal watercraft use and sailing are not rec ommended Brite said Turn to Canyon Page 2A NWS predicts more rain By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer As if the weekend storms that flooded rivers and creeks and added to already inflated rainfall totals in Comal and surrounding counties werent enough the soothsayers at the National Weather Service warn that there is more rain in our future Recorded weekend rainfalls in the county ranged from about two and onehalf inches in Spring Branch to more than six inches two miles northeast of New Braunfels The San Antonio area has received almost 21 inches for the yearto date compared to just more than 5 inches for the same period last year Average rainfall for the area is between 14 and 15 inches New Braunfels in Bulverde in New Braunfels Airport in Spring Branch in Source NWS NWS meteorologist Cliff Cole said this years unusually wet conditions are largely due to the movement of the jet stream Cole said the jet stream has pushed northward leaving a void that has been filled most of the state with moist tropical air The NWS predicts below normal temperatures and above average rain fall through the end of the month Weve had a lot of rain and that tends to cool things Cole said HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Clark Smith looks over the Guadalupe River Bridge near Spring Branch to see what the river looks like at cubic feet per second on Sunday morning State park reacts to raging river By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer GUADALUPE RIVER STATE PARK Sunday was not a day of rest for park rangers at Guadalupe River State Park as flood waters raged into the edge of the park Park personnel had to evacuate eight campsites near the river and had to shut off the day use area as the Guadalupe River rose over its banks We experienced a 60 foot rise by the time it crested at 2 Turn to State park Page 2A Schertz residents flee their homes By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer SCHERTZ In what many say was one of the worst floods ever to hit this city the Cibolo Creek crested to about 25 feet Sunday forcing more than 100 people from their homes and turning the city park into a lake The Cibolo Creek which sep arates Schsrtz from Universal City and Bexar County flowed over its banks wiping out the FarmtoMarket 78 bridge going to and from Universal City and a low creek crossing The floodwaters almost reached over the Southern Pacific rail road bridge over the creek I have been in the Schertz area since 1935 and I have nev er seen it like Suzano Vasquez said as he watched the floodwaters engulf the city park and Oak Street which runs in front of the park The Vasquez family was busy putting possessions in Turn to Schertz Page 3A Bulverde shelter houses victims By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer BULVERDE Raulo Santiago knew water was rising in the creeks near his home but didnt expect the first floor of his home to turn into a swimming pool Santiago said his wife tried to go to work about 11 Sunday but returned to their home on Twin Ridge when flooded low water crossings were impassable He said they went out to look at the water and then returned home Within a couple of hours the water was seeping through a rock wall in the yard and inching its way toward the house All of the sudden it started coming Santiago said Everything started Santiago said within an hour the bottom level of the house had four feet of water it He said everything was floating including furniture and clothes He tried to save items by moving Turn to Bulverde Page 3A Comptroller outlines plan for tax relief after a disaster See Page 4
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