New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 6, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 152, No. 201
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
The waters receded, but the devastating effects still linger a year laterFLOOD OF MEMORIES
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Former Bulverde library to become county clinic
By Seam Bowlin and Ron Maloney
BULVERDE — Comal County could soon open a health clinic and satellite office in Bulverde.
The county negotiated the purchase of the former Bulverde Community Library.
Officials were looking for a place where County Nurse Karon Preiss could conduct immunization clinics.
Preiss previously conducted the clinics at the Bul-verde Volunteer Fire
Department and the Bulverde Spring Branch EMS.
"They were very gracious to let us use their facilities," Preiss said.
But Preiss said the Bulverde Spring Branch EMS was remodeling and needed access to the space.
Because of the county’s growing population, a permanent health clinic was needed.
Comal County Judge Danny Scheel said the BulverdeSee CUNIC/3A
Study split on Canyon Lake preservation
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
Comal County received mixed reviews from a study of Canyon Lake water quality commissioned two years ago.
The good news: the lake’s existing water quality is good.
The bad news: the committee that studied it is split on how to preserve the lake for the next 40 years.
And, the two factions could fight over the issue that long, too.
The study cost $130,000. The Texas Water Develop
ment Board paid $65,000. The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority paid $50,000, and Comal County picked up $5,000 of the tab — for "in kind" services of County Engineer ’Ibm Hornseth.
A 25-member steering committee was appointed to oversee the study, and a number of members attended commissioner’s court Thursday to hear the presentation by Debbie Magin, GBRA’s water quality services director and Paul Jensen, consulting engineer of the Austin firm PBS&J.
"We’ve been having very rapid population growth
around the watershed, and what drove this study was concern about the impact of this growth on water quality and how to address that," Jensen said.
The study’s recommendations include:
■ iow-impact development;
■ water conservation;
■ environmental education;
■ regulation and upkeep of on-site sewage facilities; and
■ construction of waste water treatment plants.
While consensus was reached on most of theSee CANYON LAKE/3A
DAVID INGRAM/Herald Zeitung
Jeff, Elaine and Caille Quinn look outside from what used to be their living room window at their former home in River Point Estates subdivision on the Guadalupe River. FEMA purchased the house from them in January. In July of last year more than 5 feet of water stood in the second story of their home.
Buyout helps family move on
Nearing the Common Street Bridge on the Guadalupe River Saturday, tubers pass by what is left of the homes washed away or damaged by flood waters one year ago.
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City examines floodplain issues
By Dylan Jimenez
There might be little New Braunfels can do to prevent the kind of destruction that resulted from eight days of rain in 2002.
No specific structure can be built in the Guadalupe Basin that would have averted the flood of 2002, City Engineer Michael Short said.
“If there were improvements upstream of New Braunfels, it may have lowered the water elevation somewhat,” Short said. But the
same roads that were flooded in 2002 will always be susceptible to flooding, he said.
The city has made only two infrastructure changes since last year’s flood. The Cypress Bend Park road has been improved so that it will not flood. New Braunfels Utilities has put utility lines inside Common Street bridge instead of above ground, so they will not be washed away in the event of future flooding.
Rumors lake manager battled almost came true
By Sean Bowlin
The Quinn family, of Sattler, forced from their home on the banks of the Guadalupe River during the flood of 2002, said something good came of the harrowing experience.
“We sure learned who are friends were,” said Jeff Quinn, a Canyon Lake-area veterinarian. “Our church family was just wonderful.”
Jeff Quinn was at a party on July 4, 2002, when rumors of flooding came along with rain.
He decided to head home, move belongings upstairs to keep them dry, get essentials out of his house and leave it.
Friends left the party to help him move.
His wife, Elaine, and daughter; Caille, were in Los Angeles. At 2:30 a.m.
■ In retrospect, disaster rpanagement ‘ plan was successful.
■ County officials on the progress of building new flood control dams.
■ Flooded-out homeowners sell property, move on.
■ New Braunfels officials update status on drainage issues, floodplain maps.
■ Canyon Lake manager talks about lesson learned the hard way.
By Ron Maloney
CANYON LAKE — For Jerry Brite, recently retired U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Canyon Lake manager, the July 2002 flood — the biggest event of his career — came right near the end of it.
Brite had been through other floods while with the Corps — including five while at Canyon Lake — but nothing quite like last year’s flood.
In the days leading up to the flood, Brite tried to quell mounting concern as the lake level rose. He told residents the spillway had never flooded and wouldn’t this time.
As mounting rains increased the lake level, Brite closed all the parks just before the Fourth of July holiday — even as he tried to quell rumors Sattler would be evacuated and the spillway would see an overflow of 80,000 cubic feet-per-second.
“I am upset at the rumor mongers,” Brite said Wednesday, July 3, 2002.
He said the spillway would overflow between noon and I p.m. Saturday and would be only 2,450 to 2,500 tds — not the 6,000 cfs it takes to close River Road.
Dr. Jeff Quinn walks through his former home on the Guadalupe River one year atter the July 2002 flood During the flood of 1998, only 3 inches of water covered the bottom floor of the house.