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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 17, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW Water Restrictions els Utilities customers with ng in or 2 can water and after 7 For II6088925 HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 253 14 pages in 2 sections October 17 2000 TUESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents There are still scars But we re doing great Rob Puetz Summerwood subdivision resident Flood of memories CHRIS Rob Puetz leans against a tree that was damaged in the Oct flood which swept through Summerwood subdivi sion Residents in Summerwood were among the hardest hit in the flood Love thy neighbor Summerwood residents heed 1998s lessons BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer Only trees gnarled out of shape and con fused into growing sideways and one or two homes left to heal on their own reveal much about what the flood of 1998 did to the Summerwood subdivision A person with exacting attention to might be able to pick up on some subtle clues inside the homes walls decorated with current pictures sparse knickknack shelves flags stuffed animals and paint ings with unusually placed water marks all looking wellloved But the flood that rushed upon New Braunfels residents two years ago today did more than leave behind a waterlogged wake of mudcaked homes and lost pos sessions By the time the water receded a soli darity trait had floated to the top and helped define the communitys personality People really reached Summer wood resident Lisa Brucks said You found out who your friends were and you met new friends and the friends they brought We really have gotten Residents in the small neighborhood do See OCTOBER 17 1998 FLOOD Lives Lost Miguel Angel Luna Reyes 6 Frank Smith 77 Donald Bourquin 62 Robert Scholz 80 Homes Affected Comal Guadalupe Gonzales 658 Victoria DeWitt Bexar Federal Emergency Management Agency Oct flood Comal County applica tions for assistance processed from Comal County people seen at Disaster Recovery Center 111 W Garden St More than dis bursed in disaster assistance rental housing repairs transient accommo dations in Comal County SBA Loans 316 homes 89 businesses Sources Federal Emergency Management Agency Small Business Administration City river authority study flood warning systems BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Right now if the Guadalupe River were to rear up and flood the city just as it did two years ago today the best defense would be flood warnings broadcast through news media A system of sensors on the Guadalupe and in the county helps the GuadalupeBlanco River Author ity and the National Weather Service predict a flash flood The system could be expanded soon as more money becomes available But right now Comal County has no siren or public address system to broadcast a Civil Defensestyle sig nal to be heard around the city Looking at options New Braunfels Fire Chief Jack Col lier also the citys emergency man agement coordinator says the city is looking into an emergency system to warn residents of potential trouble between Canyon Dam and down town Were investi gating the costs and particulars of installing an early warning Collier said Its something wed like to get in place in COLLIER the event of a significant flood torna do hazardous material problem or any other Such a system could prove invalu able if people needed to be evacuated or ordered to stay out of a potentially hazardous environment he said Were looking at it and wed like to move along these Collier said The city council has expressed its desire to move in this See 4Qppt Sept 14 Garage Cardinal Lane Sept 26 Parking lot Walnut and Interstate 35 Sept 28 Playground 100 block S Santa Clara Oct 4 Oct 8 Outside school library Seele Elementary 500 block of Howard 500 block of Willow Test results not conclusive Oct 13 Outside cafeteria Seele Elementary 500 block of Howard Second rabid bat found on Seele campus BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Seele Elementary School officials learned Monday a second bat found at the New Braunfels campus tested positive for rabies Seele Principal Cris Vasquez said the bat which was dead was found near the schools cafeteria parking lot early Friday morning by an 11 yearold boy A child came in to me and told me hed seen a bat r Jlv out there That he didnt touch it was the first thing we were concerned Vasquez said He told us he We called ani mal control they picked it up and took it for On Monday Texas Department of Health employees informed New Braunfels Independent School District officials mat the bat was rabid That finding came after another bat determined to be rabid was found Oct 4 on the back wall of the library Three other bats confirmed to be rabid have been found in New Braunfels during the past month Rabies is a viruscaused fatal disease that infects the central nervous system of humans and other mammals Stephanie Ferguson public information officer with the NB1SD said The teachers the principal and all the school personnel have educated children well enough at Seele that they know to stay away from wildlife when theyre Vasquez said district officials were investigating to determine whether the bats were nesting someplace at Seele She said no such place had been found A Texas Department of Health official this past week said this was the time of year that rabid bats most often were found and the number of sightings was not a cause for alarm HELP New Braunfels Animal Control can be reached at 608 2183 Comal County Animal Control can be reached at 608 2016 Traffic flow changing at NBHS Wednesday SPECIAL TO THE HERALDZEITUNG New Braunfels ISO will conduct a dedication ceremony on Wednesday declaring Oct as Traffic Safe jty Recognition Day at New Braunfels High School District officials will recognize state and local authorities who have worked together to increase traffic safety near New Braunfels High School State Sen Jeff Wentworth State Rep Edmond Kuempel and Texas Depart ment of Transportation District Engi neer John Kelly will speak at the cere mony District officials also will dedi cate a new traffic signal a safety con trol arm and a new traffic flow pattern to the school TxDOT officials indicate the traffic signal should be operational by the end of die school day on Wednesday There fore the traffic flow pattern will change at the high school in the afternoon NBISD Superintendent Ron Reaves has sent home letters to all parents with students at New Braunfels High School explaining the new traffic pattern He also conducted an informational evening meeting on Oct 2 with stu dents and a meeting with parents on Oct 10 For information call the pub lic information officer at 6435720 INSIDE Key Code 76 Music to their ears Concert Master Philip Johnson of the Mid Texas Symphony enter tains fourthand fifth grade students from Seele Elementary Monday at the New Braunfels Civic Center The symphony per formed its annual chil drens concert and will be in Seguin today The performances are co sponsored by the Cecilia Young Willard Helping Fund CHRIS   

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