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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 24 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, November 18, 19.4 Saskatchewan town prepares defences against flooding LUMSDEN Sask (CP) In fall the Qu Appelle River flows placidly through this valley town narrowing at the old steel bridge so that one can almost jump across Only the ugly earthen dikes that tower above the river are left as a v.Sible remindei of the spring days when six bil- lion gallons of water poured through town daily threat- ening to submerge 80 per cent of the homes and businesses Although officials are rais- ing the possibility of unusu- ally high water flows next spr- ing because water tables still are abnormally high from the 1974 floods the 1 000 residents may never again have to worry about the flood threat that has lived with the town since it began in 1905 Because of the town s brush with catastrophe last April and the wide publicity given the volunteers who kept build- ing dikes inches ahead of the rapidly-rising water the prov- ince is pushing ahead with a channel-diversion project that will protect the town at a cost of about 000 for every resi- dent' Town Clerk Ken Smith who during the floods was Emer- gency measures Organization to ordmator says five new houses nave oeen ouiit on the valley floor since the spring flood When we asked some of the people about it they said well we watched it during the flood you survived that and if you could survive that we haven t anything to worrv about Mayor Bill Johnston smilingly interjects that 'I think they were also looking at the dikes that were being built too Both say that Lumsden s hard-won fame has attracted many persons interested in living there, 17 miles north- west of Regina Mavor Johnston says he knows of no one who decided to move away because of the flood threat I would say that s a pretty poor excuse to move because of the flood I think if that s a reason, I'd like to think that probably they didn t fit into the com- munity to begin with Onlv a few homes were damaged by the flood, with the rest remaining dry behind more than three miles of 20- foot-tall dikes, and only a handful of families have had to move their houses to make way for the new river channel being built LOST BACK YARDS Many families near the nvei lost their back yards to tons of earth as dikes were built alongside the houses, but when the new channel is in place most will find their homes facing a new park as the river s loops are elimi- nated Before the flood threat, Mr Johnston says the provincial government had not planned such a large flood-control pro- EQUIPMENT STILL SENDING AFTER TWO YEARS Lunar stations still sending messages back HOliSTON (AP) Almost two years after the last human voice spoke from the lunar surface scientists at the Johnson Space centre are still getting messages from the moon A network of five automatic science stations is still giving scientists a constant stream of information from the lunar surface a quarter of a million miles away It was five years ago today that Apollo 12 s astronauts turned on the first of the atomic-powered stations In- struments left later by the moonwalkers of Apollos 14 15 16 and 17 have created a net- work that monitors the moon as if it were some sort of -elestial medical patient The Apollo lunar science ex- periment packages called ALSEP. can take the moon s temperature record every quiver or quake and reveal anv changes in the .-parse lunar atmosphere The ALSEP costs more than 55 million but experts say the -pace agencv got its monev s worth and then some JTILL OPERATING The science stations are powered bv a quart-jar element of Polonium 238 Heat from the element is onverted to 75 watts of power at 16 volts This is not even enough to light a 100 watt )ulb said one engineer but t drives four or five nstruments plus com mumcations equipment at of the science Plutonium has a half life W but engineers say the equipment will plav out long before then but should un at least another two Each of 1he lunar stations its data bi radio to wrs -.raUTed around The receiving ttK data on tdpr which >cnt and later dis tnbuted to scientists around the world There are three sensitive seismometers among tt ALSEP instruments These detect quakes which in turn tell about the subsurface structure of the moon MOLTEN CORE'' The evidence indicates the moon is made up of layers of material much like an onion And there may be evidence that the moon has a molten core similar to the earth In the five vears the seis- mometers have been on the moon hundreds of quakes most of them extremely small have been recorded The instruments have also detected scores of hits by meteorites chunks of space debris which crashed into the moon An instrument which meas- ures changes in the lunar at- mosphere has produced the most puzzling data of all The device recorded two episodes of water products being in the atmosphere All other evidence supported the belief that the moon is dry and always has been The water episodes have not reoccurred Machine squeezes money out of derelict cars PHILADELPHIA (AP) The derelict hulks ride a convevor belt into the mouth of the four storev mach ne EighU seven 450 pound hammers puhenze the rars into pocket sized pieces that dribble out another conveyor belt two blocks awav The machine a million shredder canes one last buck out of s fleet Cadil lacs Buicks Dodges Fords a truck stacked like pan cakes await their last nde The shredder resembles a kid s Erector set with its tubes and sprockets and bright hoppers It separates the cars into dirt and frac The dirt the material the scats fan bHls pldstir- dashboard knobs AbcHs and other non mMallir parts Spinning magnetic drums r laim the ferrous metal while and tbc dir" dff onto a r Ix'U TV prores-, is it'd intil dl Only the gas tank and tires must be from the cars Manv dre fed through with engine blocks still intact The metal is shipped off to foreign and domestic steel mills to be recycled The dirt is dumped in a New landfill The shredder and the 10- acre vard that surrounds it are owned bv Pollock Abrams Inc Donald Chelius a cigar smoking no-nonsense manager who supervises the equipment and the 45 emplovees 7 a m two lines of flatb- f d trucks top heavy with Detroit trade ins wait at the cat" of the sprawling 5hat flanks the Delaware River One b-. -one Thehus or an employe barks the trucks into th" The cars are thr-n lifted onto some alreadv 20 cars SO foot boom cranes ,ary In spring arN re bringing 80 a d or about SW a tall 1b ject and had not given it priority Now the bulk of the work is to be done by next spring, at an estimated cost of that he predicts will turn into an actual cost surpassing million But when cubic feet of water a second were pouring through a river with a natural bank capacity of only cubic feet a second, the flood fighting bill was estimated at a day The town's post-flood bill was only Most of the cost was picked up by the fed- eral and provincial govern- ments The town's share came mainly in the sweat of its residents, virtually all of whom worked without pay for long hours Rhetoric was showered on the town including a scroll presented by Premier Allan Blakeney reading "the people of Lumsden did epic battle with the waters of the Qu Appelle River, which rose to the housetops but did not prevail during the Great Flood of 1974 The mayor, however, says the town's efforts might not have been enough without the grace of God "There was a lot more that had a finger in this, than just Unseen Hand, I think With the flood threat gone, the town can now turn its at- tention to a more subtle threat, one that has been magnified by their very suc- cess in battling the f inflow of new residents Mr Smith said the town must start making basic deci- sions on its development 'We have to be very care- ful how we grow because peo- ple are moving out here for the small-town atmosphere, the small-community spirit, and if we let our community just grow under mass pressure we're going to de- stroy the very thing that peo- ple are coming for One danger, he says, is that Lumsden will become just a dormitory for people who work 17 miles away in the provincial capital 'Almost 80 per cent of our community is a commuter community now For the moment, however, the town retains its confident community spirit, built up partially through many years of fighting floods The spirit was perhaps best demonstrated by one retired resident, who was asked if he was at all worried this spring when the floodwaters were pressing on the dikes 10 feet from his front door His re- ply "I wasn't nervous I was born here Introducing: JO- Sony Trinitron Colour TV. 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