New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 10, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
Allen batters coast
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - The leading half of massive Hurricane Allen crashed into South Texas and northeast Mexico with a fistful of tornados and torrential rains that shoved eight-foot surges of water inland before the lethal superstorm slowed its thunderous march toward this border city Saturday night.
More than half of the gargantuan storm covered far South Texas at ll p.m. CDT, sending in an eight-foot surge that split a fishing pier at Port Isabel, a small community behind the barrier Padre Island at Texas’ southernmost tip.
But Allen slowed to a sluggish 5 mph and appeared to be “relaxing” as it swirled over land, meteorologists said.
Seawater from the surge rushed inland past beaches and flipped at least one trailer home wheels up, said aInside
spokesman at the state emergency center in Austin.
There also were reports of an eight-foot surge at Port Mansfield, 40 miles up the coast. Both areas were evacuated Friday and no injuries were reported.
“The wall cloud which is the most intense part of the hurricane and includes the eye — it’s like a doughnut — the outer edge of it is just now brushing the South Texas beaches,” forecaster Joe Plante said at ll p.m. CDT from the . National Weather Service in Brownsville.
“We do have approximately one-half of the entire storm over lands now. This could have a tendency to slow it down and also to weaken it some. The lull appears to be temporary. We think it (the eye) will move overland within the next two to three hours. It may hit a little north of the mouth of the Rio Grande.”
Allen drove winds to 75 mph and just
AUSTIN (AP) —- Texas' chief tax collector had welcome words Saturday for those hard hit by Hurricane Allen.
Businesses damaged by the hurricane will be given up to 90 days extra to meet state filing deadlines, Comptroller Bob
under five inches of rain inland as the second most powerful hurricane in this century hovered 35 miles from here Saturday night.
“This is a very unusual storm,” said Richard Hagan, supervisor at the National Weather Service here. “All hurricanes are different. Some charge right on in to the coast and some dillydally around.
“We’ve got one that wants to play coy with us.”
“Winds are down to 13u or 140 mph doesn’t change damage potential too much. Ifs relaxing a little bit, but let's stress that 140 mph winds are still going to tear things up.”
Gov. Bill Clements asked President Carter to declare the South Texas area a disaster area, making federal relief funds available to Allen’s victims.
At ll p.m. CDT, Allen’s center was near latitude 25.9 north and longitude 96.9 west, 35 miles east-southeast of
The deadline extension will apply in any county that is declared a disaster area as a result of the storm.
Normal sales tax and fuels tax deadlines fall at the end of the month
Brownsville. Hurricane force winds stretched IOO miles in advance of the churning storm, the weather service said.
The National Weather Service here issued this warning of impending disaster:
“No storm of this strength has struck this area iii recorded history. We can offer only some ideas of what has happened in other areas in storms of similar strength,” the statement said. .“From now oil, we must just endure. Many people have had to go through hurricanes and have survived.
“May God help us.”
Saturday afternoon, an offshore oil rig 53 miles east of here recorded winds up to 140 mph, the weather service said. Wind speeds in Brownsville were sustained at 46 mph with gusts up to 78 mph at 9 p.m. CDT.
Unconfirmed reports from Matamoros said winds howled up to 115 mph in Brownsville’s Mexican sister city.
“Right now, we’re just playing the waiting game, waiting it out. fearing tile night time and what is going to happen,’ said louise Messer at the San Patricio County Sheriff’s office just north of Corpus Christi.
Allen swamped Brownsville with 4.80 inches of rain and another 2.65 inches fell in Corpus Christi, where 10,200 residents fled to shelters
Tax deadline extended
Local volunteers comfort Hurricane Allen refugees
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
Red Cross volunteers manned four shelters here, distributed sandwiches and helped provide relief for about 400 travelers from the Texas Gulf coast Saturday.
Earlier, members of the Comal County Rescue Squad responded to a call from the New Braunfels Civil Defense office and opened the shelters, setting up cots and working through Friday night and into the morning.
Refugees from the approaching fury of Hurricane Allen were full of praise for the city’s efforts.
Herb Syring, civil defense director for New Braunfels, said 403 persons had
registered by 2 p.m. Saturday at the shelters, located at Post 35 American legion Hall on Casten Avenue, St. Mary’s Hall at Sts. Peter ani Paul Catholic Church, the First Baptist Church and New Braunfels High School.
“We were well-prepared. We’ve been following our basic operations plan and there are no major problems at this point,” Syrtng said.
“We’re out of cots though. We have 200 from the field hospital; they’re state property. Any more refugees will have to bring their own bedding.
“If anyone knows where we could get some in a hurry, I’d appreciate it if they’d let us know,” Syring added.
Volunteers from the New Braunfels Emergency Commurucations Club and
the Guadalupe Valley Amateur Radio Association maintained a radio network between the shelters and Syring’s Emergency Operations Center at Police Department headquarters.
“Ham” operaters at the center were in contact with the National Weather Service in San Antonio and other radio amateurs on the Texas coast
Food was available at all the shelters except the First Baptist Church early Saturday, but by afternoon the Red Cross decided to provide meals only at St. Mary’s Hall.
Sandwiches prepared at St. Mary’s Hall would be taken to the high school,
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Eagles Hall gives incumbent victory
It was all knotted up after three quarters, but incumbent Councilman Gerald Schaefer defeated Doug Miller Saturday on the strength of the Eagles Hall box.
Schaefer won his second three-year term as Place 4 councilman behind a 102-vote margin at Eagles Hall, 246 to 144. The two candidates were in a dead heat at 483 after the first three polls were counted, but the Eagles Hall box boosted Schaefer to a 729 to 627 victory.
Only 1,394 of the city’s 10,971 eligible voters turned out—eight less than last year’s total of 1,402.
In Place 5, Councilman Max Winkler was unopposed in his bid for a second full term. Winkler received 1,088 votes. Thirty-five write-in votes were cast, including 18 for Mrs. Vearl Sissel, chairman of the Dittlinger Memorial Library Board.
Schaefer, who was out of town for a portion of Saturday evening as the results were coming in, said, “I want to thank the voters of New Braunfels for their faith in me. ITI try to continue to do the best I can for everybody.”
Miller, who sweated out the results at the Opa Room in the Wursthalle, congratulated his opponent after hearing the final totals.
Schaefer carried the absentee poll 70 to 36 and Wesley Hall 165 to 116. Miller pulled into a tie on the strength of a 331 to 248 margin at New Braunfels Presbyterian Church.
The race heated up in the last week of the campaign, which could have some fallout in the year to come. Winkler placed an ad in the Friday Herald-Zeitung endorsing Schaefer and also did some radio spots on his behalf.
This prompted Mayor Donnie Seay to counter with a radio spot backing Miller. Indicating Miller had asked him for his support earlier, Seay said he hadn’t planned on recording the spot until he heard Winkler’s endorsement.
Councilwoman Laverne Eberhard also recorded a radio spot backing Miller. She could not be reached for comment Saturday.
Schaefer declined comment as to the affect the endorsements of the last week might have. “It’s over with,” he said.
GERALD SCHAEFER ... wins second term
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New Braunfels, TexasFluoridation squeaks lay
It was close all the way, but fluoridation finally squeaked by in Saturday’s city election.
The vote was 694 for to 679 against, with fluoridation carrying New Braunfels Presbyterian Church and the absentee poll and trailing at Wesley Hall and Eagles Hall.
Fluoridation, which was Amendment V on the special ballot, was the only amendment which was in danger of failing as the results rolled in Saturday evening. Amendments I through IV all passed by wide margins.
The vote on fluoridation see-sawed back and forth. Amendment V led 62-48 after the absentee poll came in but trailed 175-211 after the Wesley Hall poll went 113-163 against it.
Voters in Precincts 8 and 12, who voted at the presbyterian church, went for Amendment V 336-256, giving it a 511-467 margin. That margin at the church poll proved to be enough to withstand a 183-212 deficit from Eagles Hall.
The vote came as a pleasant surprise to dentist Milton Phair,
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Loud and clear
Radioman Bill Way relays a message to other volunteers at one of the city’s four hurricane refugee shelters. Way, a member of the Guadalupe Valley Amateur Radio Club, spent Saturday at the Civil Defense Emergency Operations Center at police headquarters.'Open' convention: Pleas persist among Dems
NEW YORK (AP) - Despite President Carter’s 2-to-l edge over Sen Edward Kennedy among Texas delegates to the Democratic National Convention this week, calls for a socalled “open” convention persist even within the delegation heavy with Carter loyalists
Sen. IJoyd Bentsen, D-Texas, says
someone from the delegation sounded him out about becoming a favorite son candidate for president if the convention changes the rule binding delegates.
Bentsen, who made an unsuccessful run for the presidency four years ago, said he was not interested in the least even if it were appropriate.
The senator added that it would not be
appropriate because he was an earl} Carter supporter
Bentsen and House Majority leader Jim Wright of Fort Worth are honorary co-chairmen of the 152-member Texas delegation.
The delegates selected at the party’s June state convention in San Antonio
include 105 for Carter, 37 for Kennedy and IO uncommitted.
Wright’s was one of the stronger voices raised against the earliest rustling among congressmen for an open convention. He has remained adamantly against any effort to release delegates from their commitments.
The key vote — to require delegates to
follow the wishes of the rank-and-file Democrats who selected them — is scheduled for the convention’s opening session Monday.
Texas delegates have their first ca icus scheduled Sunday mght.
Rep. Mickey Iceland, the only other Texas congressmen who is a convention delegate, dismissed talk of an open
convention by declaring his “absolute support for Carter.
“I do not intend to participate in an movement for a so-called open col vention," the Houston congressiiia said “The Democratic Party throug the primary process has chosen a moi
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