New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 19, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Sherry Lynn Carroll, born June 30, 1947, passed away Jan. 12, 2003. Memorial Services will be held at Cook
Waldon Forest Oaks, 6300 W. William Cannon Drive, Austin, Tfexas (512-892-1172) at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Milton Carroll officiating.
Corps of Engineers honors county for job during flood
Harvey William Wester-holm, 78, of Lufkin, died Nov. 27, 2002 in Lufkin.
He was city manager of New Braunfels from 1967 to 1969.
Mr. Westerholm was born in Danevang and graduated from El Campo High School in 1942.
He served in the European theater in World War II and then returned to attend Texas A&I, graduating in 1948.
He served as city manager of Columbus, Texas, from 1954 to 1962 and Liv
ingston, Texas, from 1962 to 1967. After leaving New Braunfels, he served 21 years as Lufkin city manager from 1969 to 1990, becoming president of the Texas City Management Association in 1981.
Upon retirement, he received many awards for his civic, cultural and ■ church activities.
He is survived by his wife, Jetta Koch Westerholm; his daughter, Shannon, and husband, Kyle Shadday, of Dallas; three brothers; four sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Marsha Malloy of Spring Branch passed away on Friday, Jan. IO, 2003, at Regent Care Center at the age of 63.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, 2003, at Spring Branch Baptist Church.
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Funeral services are pending at Schaetter Funeral Home in Fredericksburg, Texas for Myrtle Lee Weber, who died Friday, Jan. 17,
2003, at Colonial Manor Care Center in New Braunfels, Texas at the age of ll years.
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SVMS evacuated Friday after boiler misfire incident
By Ron Maloney
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Thursday recognized Comal County for its mobilization in response to the July 2002 flood, honoring five officials and their staffs.
Canyon Lake Manager Jerry Brite represented Col. Gordon Wells, commander of the Corps’ Fort Worth District in commissioners’ court Thursday, recognizing 70 members of the Canyon Lake Flood Response Tbam for meeting the challenges presented by the flood.
Local officials honored were:
■ Jerry Brite;
■ County Judge Danny ScheeF
■ Sheriff Bob Holder and his deputies;
■ Emergency Management Coordinator Carol Edgett;
■ County Engineer Tom Hornseth; and
■ Erie Gibson of the Comal County Engineer’s Office.
Brite opened his remarks describing the six-day storm that led to the July 4 flood that occurred when Canyon Lake spilled over the Canyon
Dam spillway for the first time.
“The rainfall totaled as high as 50 inches in some locations with 30 to 40 inches widespread over the upstream areas. This caused severe flooding in the watershed,” Brite said.
Water rose to more than seven feet above the spillway, cascading into the lower Guadalupe River at a peak of 68,400 cubic feet-per-sec-ond on the morning of July 6.
“The flood caused many homes to be flooded and some to be destroyed, but hundreds others were saved,” Brite said. “Canyon Dam did its job.”
So, Brite said, did Comal County.
In the predawn hours of July 4, the county and the City of New Braunfels evacuated hundreds of homes in low-lying areas and set up the county’s Emergency Operations Center at the sheriff’s office.
The EOC operated by Edgett is a sort of headquarters or war room equipped with computer stations, telephone lines, radios and other equipment needed in a disaster response.
Brite said the operation raised some eyebrows in high places.
“I heard from some FEMA people who visited that EOC that it was the best one they’d been in — especially for a county. I heard two federal officials say they hadn’t seen such a facility in some states that they had worked in,” Brite said.
The challenges, Brite said, were difficult ones.
“Here we were, the first, second, third and Fourth of July, and all the visitors were here for the holiday and had to be evacuated from the river they had come to play on,” Brite said.
Where Comal County really shined, Brite said, was information management. The EOC was operated 24 hours, seven days at the height of the crisis.
Gibson, who works for the county engineer, designed a Web site that was updated on a regular basis telling stream flows, lake levels and
other vital information that deflected many fime-con-suming telephone calls away from the EOC.
News conferences were regularly conducted and the public was kept informed, Brite said.
“One measure of success was the fact that all lake and river visitors and endangered residents were successfully evacuated,” Brite said. “Although some homes were destroyed and others damaged, no one lost their lives in Comal County due to the flood," Brite said.
Scheel accepted the plaque, he said, on behalf of all the county’s employees.
“I wish I had 300 to hand out. This was a county operation involving everybody,” Scheel said. “I'm getting recognized. but I would have been a dead duck in the water without everyone. I’ve always said this county and its employees are progressive and head and shoulders above the rest,” Scheel said.
By Ron Maloney
SMITHSON VALLEY — A misfire in a diesel boiler caused an evacuation at Smithson Valley Middle School Friday morning when it pumped smoke into the school cafeteria.
SVMS Principal Carolyn Pittman said students were displaced to the practice gymnasium for about 40 minutes while the smoke was vented and the building was cleared by the Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department and Comal County Fire Marshal.
The incident began at about 8:15 a.m., Pittman said.
“The boiler misfired during the evening, leaving a bit of diesel fuel that hadn’t burned,” Pittman said. “When they restarted it, it caused a large puff of smoke to come out of the boiler vent. The vent is off the back of the cafeteria.”
The smoke was pulled into kitchen vents.
Pittman said the school’s
smoke detectors and alarm system operated as they were supposed to.
“Everybody needs to feel pretty good. Everything went like clockwork. If we had had a fire, there would have been no problem,” Pittman said.
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