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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - September 19, 1974, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 94TII YEAR, NO. 94 PHONE C73-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, THURSDAY EVENING, SEPT. 19, 1974 PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS Price 15 Ccnls Atsotiaftd Prta (IP) Elrr Turns Ugly as 'Big Red' .101! IUCY II Reporter-News Stall Writer Ttie murmuring of red- brown Hood waters could be heard early Thursday morning through llic entire north and norllnvcst portions- of Abilene as Elm Creek overflowed, turning streets into rivers. Alt areas to 1lic and east of Ihc Winters Freeway, as far easl as Mockingbird, extensive flooding as many homes and shops along major avenues received water damage. Nalmniil Guardsmen, called out at 1 1 p.m. Wednesday, told the ]feporler-News that the worst or the flooding began about 4 a.m. Thursday. Wading to School Sliulenls waded toward Lee Elementary al N. 10th and Pioneer Thursday morning from several directions alter Elm Creek sent water up to waist deep into many areas around the school during the night. This view east- ward down N. 10th from the Winters Freeway shows part of I lie Lee School ground under water, (approximately behind the Exxon (Staff photo, by Don Blakley) rcn. murky water was already running high along Ambler and N. as early as inidniglit, one norlh- sidc resident reported. lilost of the flooding occur- red at major intersections, including N. Isl and Willis, where tlie muddy water ran knee deep. Hardest hit were areas bor- dered by Vi'illis, N. 1st, Win- ters Freeway and Ambler, as WEATHER U. i. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Notional Vlearher service (Weather Map, pg. SB) ABILENE AND VICINITY (ID-mile TO- dus) cloudy wilh a chance o( showers and Icday throuah Friday. Warmer afiernoons. norttncasterly 6 !Q 11 mtfi Fridoy. High (odoy erd Friday in Ihe upper 70s. lonlahl in upper Ms. Prntahillry at rain JO cent today, and 3) per cent lacuaht and Friday. Hfgli and for 2< hours endlrig 9 o m.: 73 and 70. Hluh and same dole lost year: B9 ond tl. Surprise today: sur.-et Icnoahl: Sunrise lamarro.v: I'lelurcs, stories, Pgs. 5-8A City summary, Pg. 7A liallinger alcrl, Pg. -IB well as Ihc Impact and Coach- light areas. At least Iwo dozen homes were reported to have had wa- ter damage in those areas. City officials and polite pa- trolled the area throughout Ihe night and said streets were to- tally impassable when Elm Creek crested al about 4 a.m. However., by 7 a.m.. Police Sgl. Bill Davis said that many streets were again passable, except for Ihe major intersec- tions and avenues. "WIIJ.IS LOOKS like a riv- er." one officer reported by radio. Although barricades cor- doned off Ihe stricken area, many residents attempted lo drive in or out and reports of stalled cars were prevalent, especially in the early morn- ing Iiours. By 8 a.m., police Capt. E. L. O'Uell .said most of the roads were passable with the excep- tion of Old Anson lid. and stretches of Grape. Flood waters crested at Im- pact about a.m. but O'Dell said Hie waters were receding rapidly. All roads were expected to be passable by noon, ha said. lie added that many homes and businesses had been flood- ed bin could give no estimate as lo how many. O'DEI.L SAID six extra offi- cers were called in lo handle the emergency and that all Threat Eased By Channels, Lakes Float-In Grocery Flood waters rise to the sidewalk at (he Colonial Food Store at N. 6th and Wil- lis early Thursday morning, Below Hie curb the water ran as high as live leet. (Staff Photo by Joe Dacy II) By GARY BALDK1DGE Reporter-News Staff Writer City -Manager Fred Sandlin said Thursday that creek channelization and" low lake levels' prior to Ihe heavy rains kept disaster away from many doorsteps Wednesday night. "Tlic drainage work done on Ihe creeks had a considerable Sandlin said. lie attributed the fact that -there was limited damage in homes and businesses to the channelization program, in which cily employes cleared creeks of obstacles which might impede the flow of wa- ter. "THE FACT that Kirby didn't fill completely did save some he added. "We were of course quite re- NEWSlNDlX Amusemsnls 6C Bridge 5C Business Miffor........ SB Classified 8-1 1C Comics............... 7C Editorials 4A Horoscope 9A Hospital Patients..........5B Obituaries............... 43 Sports I-3C To Your Good Hcollh..... I 1C TV Log 6C TV Sccur 6C Wcmen's 2-38 licved it wasn't worse." Cily Water and Sewer .Direc- tor Bill Weems said the low lake level at Kirby prior to the rains "belped more than any- thing." "If Kirby had got up over the spillway, it would have caused a whole lot more flood- Weems said, adding that il may have saved millions of dollars in damages: AS FOR A DOLLAR esti- mate of damage, the chief ad- ministrator said he didn't Ihink anyone had a sufficient knowledge of the whole pic- ture lo hazard a guess. But he knew of no major damage. Some homes and businesses had water on their floors, but Sandlin said most people appeared Lo be able to sweep it out as fast as il came in. THE CITY'S Disaster Emer- gency Services worked out of Police Chief Wairen Dodson's office throughout the night. available police cars were running. lie said he had heard no reports of looting or "Other activity" that might have attended the flooding. By a.m. O'Dell said the waters were receding rapidly and that he had lieard no re- ports of injuries as a result of the flooding. "I imagine when it's all over we'll have a big list of properly damages bnl we don't have any in formation on he said. Forecasters at the National Weather Service said Thurs- day that chances for rain con- tinue lo exist, and they bad mnre bad news for rain- soaked Abilene. WEATHERMAN Frank Can- non said forecasters now have an eye on a fast-moving cold front, which has surged down into Nebraska and is expected to dip into Texas late Friday- He said a chance of showers exist again in the city over the weekend if the trout comes through Saturday as expected. But forecasters arc also looking al current conditions, Tvliich continue to keep rain in the forecast. A surface trough causing all the trouble has moved westward over the city, and is expected to wash eastward Thursday, he said. we get one or two good showers on the watershed we could get more he said, adding that Hiis would apply to sections to the south and southwest of the cily. can't stand too many more showers north of us ei- he said, alluding to the Clear Fork of Ihe Brazos in Jones County which was also reported at flood proportions. But with Iwo systems In worry abnul, Cannon also liad some good news for after the weekend, when a dry, high pressure system should domi- nate the area. As in Ihe past, Ihe high pressure system, which ac- tually forces tlie cold front through, should clear skie.i and allow the city to dry out. CANNON' ALSO explained the cresting action of Ulm Creek. He likened this effect to the throwing of a rock into a pond creating a kind of wave whose forward motion "keeps it from flattening out" in the relative- ly narrow creek. Enough Water Caught For 18-Month Supply By .JOE DACY JI Reporter-News Staff Writer In a single day of Hooding, Abilcne's three lakes have gained more than a year and a half supply of water, and two of them are expected lo fill lo capacity before llic week is out. City water superintendent Bill Weems said Thursday morning that Lake For! Plum- Cowboy Hots: They're Not Coming Off By ELL1E RUCKEfl fj. Why do they allow cowhoy lats in Ihc coliseum? Don'l they know a gentleman should remove his ha( in- doors? Two men sal right In front of Hi; at Ihe rodeo and we couldn't sec over Ihclr hals. 1 asked them please remove them and they were very nas- ty about it. A. Kmily would probably say a gentle- man should remove his hat indoors no mailer ivlial. But then Emily doesn't live in West Texas and you know Ihe old say- ing, ''When in Rome Well in (his part of Ihc world cowboys wear their hals to rodeos because they think it's appro- priate, or so we've been lolil (vehemently) by a bona fide cowhand. In fact, says Ihis bona fide cowhand, it is better to ask a cowboy lo remove him- self lo another scat than ask him lo re- move his headgear. It's like asking a woman lo remove her hat in church. "Those hats arc expensive. 1 paid for mine and I'm not going lo lake il off and risk losing lcl somebody spill Coke on II." You're not the first to question Ihe prac- tice but tlie controversy will probably rage on until Ihe cows comc'liomc and Ihe cowboys leave West Texas. Q. Saturday night we had reserved seats for the rodeo at Ihc coliseum in section XX, row 4, scats 5 through. 14. AVhen HC arrived, (he seals were marked reserved bill since we had our sal there anyway. After (he grand opening and Ilie presenlalion of the queens and prin- cesses, (he princesses appeared in sec- tion XX, told us were silling in Iheir seals. We didn't move, we had our lickcls and so itid another group silling In Section XX experienced the same thing. The queens and princesses were quite put out with us for not moving. We wonder why the coliseum would sell scats (o us'when Ihey'rc already reserved for somebody else? A. Goodness, people were feeling feisty nl Ihc rodeo Saturday. Mrs. Hal Ramsey, one of Iho co-chairmen for Ihc rodeo contest, explained Ibat Ihe queen candidates had been seated in section XX each nighl of Ihe rodeo. The niyhl before. they sat in your seats so after llieir pres- entation al the rodeo Saturday, they as- sumed they would return to those same scats. "The girls were confused and excited, I hey didn't look at their tickets. Please don't blame Ihe girls, it was a mix-up and we apologize for the confusion." Certain rows had been marked "re- served" Ihe night before. Co-chainnen George Ramsey and Ann Dunigan didn't realize the girls would have a different ro'w of seats every night. If they'd known, they'd have moved the reserved signs be- fore (lie Saturday show. 0. My neighbors tell me Locust Kir- mcnlarj1 will probably never be. air- conditioned because of unconcern by Ihc school board, the school adminis- tration and (he cily for (he poor pet- pie. 1 have asked the teachers and they don't know. Heasc find out for us. A. Von have Ihe word of Superintendent of Schools Harold Brinson that every school-in Abilene, Locust included, will be air-condilioncd by Ihc time school starts next August. Schools have teen grouped in two divi- sions, bids on the first group will be lot very shortly, bids for the second group (which includes Locust) should open in two or three months. Those schools in need of quile a bit of renovation are in Ihe second group not because the sc-liool admiinstralion is dis- criminating, says Brinson, but because il will take more lime for msjor renovalion of Ihc older schools. Q. Help. Mosqiiilocs are taking over eur place of business. We have more mosqiiilocs (ban customers. I called Ihc hcallh deparlmenl lo come ou( and spray anil they promise but noth- ing happens. Any suggestions? We hand spray but il doesn't help. A. Tho. mosquito brigade was going great guns unlil school slarted and the college students manning Ihe spray appa- ratus went back lo school. Tom Hogcrs at Abilene-Taylor County Heath Unit hopes things will improve as he's presently hir- ing and training more people. Meanwhile, he's using permanent employes, paying Ihem overtime and lie can'l work tiicm loo hard 'cause it's gelling loo expensive. 1'robably about the lime Ihe new em- ployes arc trained and ready lo {jo runs- qnilo season will be over. torn Hill should fill almost completely by Saturday and lhal it was 70 per ccnl'of ca- pacity already. Lake Abilene, he said, was running at "125 per cent of spilling over 'Ihe firsl spiihvay and rising to less than a fool below the emergency spillway. IN ALL. Ihe lakes had gained more than 9.57 billion gallons of walcr since S a.m. Wednesday, he said. Wecms said Ihc cily would probably Mop pumping in wii- ler from Lake llubbard near Breckenridge since "we have, water running out of onr cars." He added that pumping sla- lions are continuing to fill up Lake Fort Phantom, the cily's major walcr supply. An added bonus, he said, be that the water sup- ply would be ''fresher" than during Ihe hot summer drought when Ihe lakes dropped lo 32 per cent of ca- pacily. As of S a.m. Thursday, Ihc lakes had filled to 03 per cent of capacity for the combined total, a 20 per cent gain over Ihe previous day, U'ccms said. INDIVIDUALLY, Wccms gave Ihc following lake report: since S a.m.. Wednesday, 6.1 billion gallons; lolal gain, 7.S billion gallons; fret below spillway, 6: lotal footage gained since S a.m. Wednesday. 7.1: per ccnl of capacity, 70. since S a.m. Wednesday, 7SO million gal- lons; lolal gain, 1.04 billion gallons; feel below emergency spillway. .5: lolal footage gained, 9.1; per cent of capac- ity. 100. since S a.m. Wednesday, 560 million gal- lons; total gain, 730 million: feet below spillway. 4.1; total footage gained, 4.0; per cent of capacity, 50. 1VEEMS SAID he did not want Kirby to fiil any more because Hooding might ensue. l.yllc Lake, which ran one fool over the spillway Wednes- day, was full but not overflow- ing Thursday morning, a West Texas Utilities Co. spokesman said. Lytlc is owned by WTU. WHERE IT RAINED ABILENi: Weeks Tolal Municipal Airport '1'r Total for Year 21.44 Normal for Year 17.83 BAIKD S.-H BRECKENUIDGB 4.70 CLYDE 9.25 COLEMAN 4.15 COLORADO CITY 1.00 3.20 KASTLAND IIAMI.IN .22 :i.23 IIASKEU, 2.3U MEI1KKL .10 4.CO n ANGER ROTAN .8U.-I.2II SNYDKR .10 '2.50 STAMFORD 5.0U WIXTKltS Tr 8.5U ;