New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 16, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Schools celebrate MLK Jr.’s
By Will Wright
Martin Luther King’s birthday celebration here in Comal County has been a week-long journey in a venue the late civil rights leader would appreciate — the area’s classrooms.
Students in the New Braunfels and Comal school districts are off on Monday — a state and national holiday observed by many businesses and offices — but they’ve been learning about King’s historical role
San Antonio: 10
a.m. at the MLK Academy, 3500 block of MLK Drive and end at Pittman-Sullivan Park, 1101 Iowa Street.
Austin: 9 a.m.
MLK Statue on the University of Texas campus. The march begins from there and ends at Huston-Tillotson University, where the MLK Community Festival will be held until 4 p.m.
See CELEBRATE, Page 10A
Landa Park friends question progress pace
June 9 flood: Where are we now?
Studies of 19 drainage projects ready for review in February
By Greg Bowen
The wading pool at Landa Park remains closed since being damaged in the June 9 flood.
Members of Friends for the Preservation of Historic Landa Park say they’re not pleased at the progress that’s been made to repair the park following the June 9,2010 flood.
“We know that it takes time to recover, but we urge the Parks Department to speed up the process,” said Bill Kolodzie, a Friends board member. “There are many things that need to be done and they need to be addressed immediately if not sooner."
If repairs aren’t made soon, tourists flocking to town in the spring will find a park “still in dire need of repair,” Kolodzie said. “The flood filled everything up with rocks and so forth. They were able to get contractors in to get that taken care of.
See LANDA, Page 9A
City, county make progress on siren system
For Martin Luther King Jr. Day
The following businesses and offices wiM be closed Monday for Martin Lutfier King Day:
• All City ot New Braunfels offices and all Comal County offices.
• The New Braunfels Post Office.
• All banks, except IBC Bank in HEB’s lobbies, which is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
• Handy Andy will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
• HEB will be open from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.
• CVS Pharmacy and Wal-mart will be open 24 hours.
Much has been done to help ensure that the next deluge to strike New Braunfels will not be as damaging as the June 9 flood when 12 inches of rain fell on New Braunfels in one morning.
“We’ve got a great start,” said City Manager Mike Morrison. “I think a hell of a lot has been done since June 9. Our goal really can’t be to eliminate all flooding. Our goal is to minimize the risk that occurs when flooding happens,” Morrison said.
He enumerated the steps that have
See DRAINAGE, Page 2A
Photos by LAURA McKENZIE'Herald-Zeitung
A driveway is all that remains Friday of a demolished home in the 800 block of Candlewood Circle.The house was torn down because it was located in an area known to flood.
By Will Wright
One positive result of the June 9 flood was that it Finally spurred city and county leaders into the process of installing siren system to alert residents, tourists and campers to the dangers of rising rivers.
This month, both entities will begin installing those sirens. Comal County will install 50 of them in low-lying areas of River Road that straddle the Guadalupe River. The City of New Braunfels has contracted for eight sirens for delivery within the next two months.
WORD (the Water Oriented Recreation District) of Comal County has the largest area to cover. Its district, from east to west, begins at the New Braunfels city limits and ends at the boundary of Guadalupe State Park.
Canyon Lake engineer Gary
A siren placed on the back porch cf Bezdek's Rentals on River Road will alert nearby campers and residents of potential danger when a sensor on the riverbank is triggered by floodwaters.
Poss’ company, Riv Alert Systems, which are solar-powered and car-
is working under a $25,000 con- ry a rate of 120 decibels.
tract to assemble the WORD sirens, “Basically, we’re starting with a
run of 50 units. They are self-con-tained, business-specific units, which means they will be placed at WORD permit-holding businesses such as outfitters, campgrounds and lodging operators located on low-lying areas along the river,” said WORD general manager Mike Dussere.
The first WORD siren, located at Bezdek’s Rentals, became operational on Sept. 8, when rains raised the levels of the Guadalupe River.
“That was our first go at it and it worked fine,” Dussere said. “Based on that performance, we ordered more and they will be done by the end of January. We will begin installing those units the first week of February, and should be done with that installation by the end of February.”
The New Braunfels city council approved a siren warning system in November. About $280,000 will
See SIRENS, Page 10A
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