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San Antonio Light (Newspaper) - December 7, 1913, San Antonio, Texas THIRTY-FOURTH Brown Sends for Ex pert Gray on Flood Drainage. FUNDS NOT AVAILABLI Mass Meeting Proposed an Committee May Wait Up- on City Council. Samuel D. "Gray, the sewer an drainage expert retained by the clt lost summer to sue: work under the bond Issue; has bee: to Sun Antonio by Mayo Brown to advise with the counc relative (o flodd prevention. If th work on which he is now engage will permit it is anticipated Mr. Gra will start at once and should reae: San Antonio some time this week. Mayor Brown declined to expres any opinion on the river or the va rious ways suggested for controllinj the danger .from floods. It wa pointed out, however, that Mr. Gra> was employed, to recommend way ana iheanslas well as draw plans fo taking care, of the drainage prob ims and Awhile the river was no considered.'one of.these Jit.that time It into the big gftst" drainage problem before San Antonio. Finances Are a Problem. The 'amount of money which th( city now has available for river 1m proye.meni.'is a question .which prob ably .will: be'-considered by thft 'finance 'committee at a con- ference- to be held Monday. In the special election last summer the people voted'JSOO.OOO in bonds to be used for storm water drainage. This however, is to'be used on the smaller ;but none the less troublesome pro- jects in various parts of. the city anc even If'will not be sufficient to take care of-'aU'bf'.them. The expense itv tideht-.to.-thevsalc of the purchase of.- muchu new equip- riVent contingent fund .prqvjdecl ;in the budget for this river problem to btt'iaken lip iriu'st the cost can Si the pt-Opertj Owners .'directly 'benefited; It that this could, be done ,muph'--easier... now, while, the flood le.fresh In of the citizens, espfe- suffered whose''b'DsIness was jeopardized by the flood; Tnat the business men' are thoroughly aroused is shown by the fact that several movements already have been started with a view of ob- -taining definite action for flood pre- vention. W. S> Conness Is urging that a mass meeting of citizens be called ..for Monday night to discuss this question and, if possible. Indicate for the plan to be fol- lowed.' In" addition it has been sug- gested that a volunteer committee, pcsslbly representing the Chamber of Commerce, appear before the city ,-council at its meeting Monday to .rUrge Immediate action on the river problem. Offer Support to Council. In. the event such ix committee is organized it is planned to have on It representatives of every local po- litical faction c.s evidence that the proje'ct Ig one v.-hich will have unani- mous support. The purpose1.' would .be not so much to demand action the council as to request it and offer the generous support of the .citizenship to any plan which the council approves. It Is pointed out that, until some means are found for adequately taking care of the storm the flood will remain a black San Antonio and that they are thus Important to every prop- erty owner in the city whether he Buffered water damage'or not. SIMPSON ADVOCATES coxmnr. XIrges This as Solution for Flood Danger .hi San Antonio. .A concrete channel or conduit for the "river through the center of the city "sufficiently large to carry and .discharge cubic feet per'sec- ond, the maximum possible flow. Is advanced by Willard E. Simpson, consulting engineer, as the best solu- tion for the flood problem in San Antonio. This he considers not only .feasible .but adequate, and since Mr. Simpson's data on the area-drained the topography, of the .Olmos -watershed is-probably the most com- plete in existence, he is without '1 the best, qualified man to Speak Svitb authority on this subject. He docs not favor a dam at the head of the river, holding It would be in- effectual for the purpose designed In time vof; need. Several'years ago, at the request and expense of several -property own- ers, Mr. Simpson and his brother, Guy C.' Simpson, prepared detailed and collected data as to the i flood run-off of the drainage1 basin above San" Antonio. The purpose at that time, August. 1911, was to determine the possible flow of the -river under the worst storm condl- .tlons. In his report, made at that !j time, Mr. Simpson pointed out that jiduring periods of light rainfall the of the river Is continually filled with silt and mud. As 'the river fills It -chokes up the springs And a. general condition of results which Is both un- sanitary and unsightly. In addition the winding and meandering channel of the river so cuts through the cen- ter, of tKe city that the economical' blocking out of the business district !s Impossible.. Moreover, the expense f the various bridges Jftepjni! the river In a semblance SAN ANTONIO. TEXAS. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1913. WEATHER TOBBCAST, WASHINGTON. D. C., Dec. TeMi: Filr Bundjij-; Monday, fair, or In the interior. Texu: Sundsy; Monday d warmer. MOJO; WKATHER FOB (Observations made at g p. ST. LOUIS: wlid Irom tht Kutii; rain; eo. CHICAGO; Temperature, U; mile wind from the nbrtbeaat; rain; high temperature 46. 40: rain -yrimt from Hie. nortfaeut; ral Sunday; hlrhett umMratu're Saturday, 4 ST. PAUL: Temperature, H; clear; Ji mJle wind from and cold ef; highest-, Saturday, KANSAS CITT: Temperiturs, 50; part) cloudy; s-mtle wind from west; ral or auow Sunday; temperature sa't 52. l' NEW YORK: Temperature, 1C; clouds'; mile wind from the' aouthoait; rain 8ua day; hlfhect temperature Eaturday, BOSTON: Temperature, mire wind rram the rain- Sunday night: ftfrheat. temperature Satur Jay. WASHINGTON-: Temperature, 60; clear epartment to respond to alarms and cday a largo residence was destroy-, d. The hose wagons and hat were sent from the houses oon stallol and one of the ftremea nhitched a horse and attempted to' each the burning building on horse- ack carrying an extinguisher with im. Re failed in tho effort. Despite the heavy tosses caused y the storm to property and bust- ess the storm will be of untold Gnefit next year. It has Insured mple supply of water for all irrl- ation purposes and bumper wheat nd alfalfa crops are anticipated. BUDS Sl'ROTTIXG IX XOKTU. 'IH Man XVinler Thought to Be Playing a Joke. CHICAGO, III., Doc. e matter with the weather in li- en I linois. Iowa and Indiana? Is Old to- J Man Winter playing a joke on this 'section of tho country? The middle west section Is expe- riencing a phenomenon, tho HXe of which has not been known for many years. Instead of snow-covered lawns and fields. Ice-rimmed brooks and streams and gaunt trees, butls are sprouting, flon-crs are manifest- In? an intention to bloom and shrubs and vegetables are showing the first signs of green. Reports of unusual and xmscason- nble activity in plant life havo been filtering Into Chicago Cor days from EciUU-rod comr.umitKS. jil.iy passed the Kern resolution pro- .yiding _sessions of the recently [ormed to handle the trap rock, llayor Brown had planned to
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