New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 10, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 145, No. 149
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Gene Hada, Janet Brinkkoeter Boyer, Jon Tillman, Jill Barbier, Crystal Bench (ll years), Megan RolofT (ll years), Joshua Terrell (7 years), Daniel Belcik (3 years) and Robert Shehane.
Happy anniversary wishes go to Sarah mid Tim Megason (2 years) and Tina and Keet Slone (8 years).
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Mold —943 Grass —36
(Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 304 cubic feet per second, down 120 from Monday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.46 feet above sea level, up .02. Canyon Dam discharge — 500 cfs (Rate could change later today.)
Canyon Lake inflow — 2,400 cfs Canyon Lake level — 912.32 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
New Braunfels Utilities
NBU reports pumping 5.120 million gallons of surface water Monday, and 2.151 minion gallons of well water.
More rain could bo In store for area
Despite soaking rains the area received over the weekend, more wet stuff could be in store.
Today's forecast calls for a partly cloudy skies in the afternoon with a 40 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. A southeast wind at 10 mph could be a needed refresher from highs expected in the upper 80s.
On Wednesday, mostly cloudy skies in the morning will give way to partly cloudy skies by the afternoon. The chance for showers or thunderstorms will drop to 20 percent, and highs will be near 90.
Canyon discharge could change today
In a move designed to assuage flood conditions downstream, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lowered the discharge rate from Canyon Dam into the Guadalupe River to 580 cubic feet per second at 2 p.m. Monday. The corps is expected to re-evaluate the discharge rate from Canyon Dam today, so changes in river flow could occur during the day.
Traffic flowing smoothly through most of county
Reduced discharge rates from Canyon Dam allowed for the reopening of Gruene Bridge Monday. City officials expect the bridge to remain o^en throughout today.
Flood waters have receded i.1 western Comal County, and county officials expected all roads to be open for traffic tociay.
On Interstate 35, southbound travelers are reminded the only exits open are Solms Road in southeastern New Braunfels and Farm-to Market Road 252 in western Schertz.
Elderly man dies in collision with car on Texas 46
By DAVID DEKUNDER
An elderly man walking across Texas 46 was killed Monday when he was struck by a car one quarter of a mile east of the county road department.
Donald Paul Guenther, 74, of4671 Texas 46 West, was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Howard Smith.
The accident occurred about 6:15 p.m. Guenther was walking toward
his property when a Honda Accord sedan, driven by Michael David Tschoepe, 44, hit him, Department of Public Safety trooper Randy Wells said.
“He had just gotten his mail,” Wells said. “He was slowly walking the highway. (Tschoepe) was traveling westbound when he struck him in the middle of the road.
“The point of impact was 243 feet from where the body was laid to rest. He was killed instantly.”
The Honda Accord had its front
window smashed and blood was on the driver’s door window.
Wells said Guenther had a history of medical conditions and had undergone hip replacement surgery.
Tschoepe was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital were he was treated and released.
Traffic on Texas 46 was halted in both directions for one and a half mile as emergency personnel from both the New Braunfels EMS and Fire Department worked at the scene.
Bulverde area hit by flood
After running to higher ground, residents now clean up damage
By DAVID DEKUNDER
BULVERDE — Rushing waters early Monday morning flooded homes in the Oak Village North subdivision, caused damage near the Bulverde Air Park and closed most of Farm-to-Market-Road 1863.
Stunned residents of the Oak North subdivision, off FM 1863, were busy Monday afternoon trying to clean up from the flood’s havoc.
“I have never seen anything like it in my life,” Nancy Demel said as she was mopping out her garage, which, a few hours earlier, had been full of water. “The whole house was surrounded by water.”
The Demel residence was one of five homes on Circle Oak Drive that sustained water damage. Most of the residents flooded out were within the drainage zone of Lewis Creek, which runs through the subdivision and is a tributary of Cibolo Creek.
Demel said she and her husband Jim had to flee their home in kneedeep water and wait on the road.
“There was about a foot-and-a-half of water on the road,” she said. “I heard it thunder and lightning. It came up to the patio door and almost up to the windows. We tried to stack the furniture. Our next-door neighbor told us to get out.”
The storm system that caused the havoc pounded 3.55 inches of rain on the Bulverde area, Nezette Rydell of the National Weather Service said.
The storm hit the Bulverde between I and 2 a.m.
Demel said water in her house damaged her car in the garage and her carpet.
“I opened my car, and it got wet clear across the seats,” Demel said. “I had friends tear the carpet out and suck out all the water.”
Across the street from the Demels, another family was flooded out of its home.
Workmen from the GerlotY Co. were busily cleaning out the house and pumping water out with hoses as valuables, toys, books, hats and assorted items were laid out across
Herald-Zeitung photos by Michael Darnall
Rum Boorman and Alana Bania gat out of their car at Camp Huaco Springs Campground on tho Guadalupa River Monday morning at around 5 a.m. The river crested while the couple was sleeping. The car started to float downriver, so the couple attempted to drive to higher ground. They drove through 4 feet of water when the car stalled.
ing water, it nearly blew it off its hinges. It pushed the door out and bent it. We tried to close it but we couldn’t.”
The resident said five years ago during another flood, water came near the back of his porch, but he said this flood came without warning.
“The water came up within half an hour,” he said. “We lost a lot of stuff.”
He said there were about 30 inches of water in his home.
There were reports that a few cars from one residence on Circle Oak Drive were washed away in the rushing waters of the creek bed.
The Demel's next door neighbors, Ken and Barbara Britton, had an early morning wake-up call when the flood waters rushed into their house.
“Somebody woke us up at about 2 a.m. this morning banging on the wall,” Ken said. “As soon as my
Jo* Neuman, conter, and two Oak Village North residents who did not want to be named try to figure out how to clear out the water and other debris after water moved into their house about 2:30 a.m. Monday.
the front and side of the house.
“I woke up and smelled the septic tank and heard the water gurgling at the bedroom door,” said a man who asked to remain anony
mous. “I woke the rest of the family and forced the front door. When the door opened, the water pressure blew inward and we had to force ourselves out through the incom-
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West Comal flooding results in no injuries
By CHRIS CREWS
Severe thunderstorms caused high water in the creek beds of western Comal County early Monday morning, which in turn caused flooding in homes and covered roadways in the area.
The National Weather Service estimated that 3 inches of rain fell on the western section of the
county in a period of less than four hours. County officials said damage from the flood was concentrated in the Oak Hills Village North, Oak North and Bulverde areas.
“There was some water in houses and a lot of fences were tom down in the creek beds,” said Milton Willmann, county fire marshal.
Willmann said he knew of no
injuries because of the flooding, but his department’s swift water rescue team performed a rescue from a stalled vehicle at Texas 46 and Brand Road.
Willmann reported that, as of Monday morning, the Cibolo Creek crossings on Farm-to-Mar-ket 1863, Blanco Road and Bulverde Road were closed because Turn to No injuries, Page 3
High weter crossings were above their crest all over the tricounty Tuesday.
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Herald-Zettung photo by Michael Darnall
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Comal 1SD planning committee meets today
By DENISE DZIUK
The committee dedicated to helping Comal Independent School District to address skyrocketing growth meets Tuesday to finalize a recommendation for the board.
Long Range Planning Committee chairman Caesar Ponce said the group is developing a recommendation for the CISD board of trustees. At a meeting last month, the committee looked at two plans to handle the influx of students and reached a consensus on which plan it favored, Ponce said.
The committee opted for the plan that would eliminate intermediate campuses, breaking campuses into elementary, middle and high schools levels. The plan called for eight major building additions and three new schools, including two elementary schools for pre-K through sixth-grade at a capacity of800 and one high school for ninth- through 12th-grade at a capacity of 1,500. Goodwin Primary would be converted to an alternative school.
The projected cost for the plan was $48.9 million, including $9.9 in expansions. This does not include the cost to renovate Goodwin Primary or to acquire land.
“It’s good for everyone in the district, and it looks to where the district needs to be going,” Ponce said. “The next step was to discuss cost and maybe phasing of the project.”
Committee members said they wanted to get a firm handle on the cost projections before it took any recommendation to the board or the constituents, Ponce explained. The committee could complete that task at Tuesday’s meeting, he said, and if not, it would only have a little further to go.
“If we’re able to finalize the recommendation to take to the board, this will be our last meeting,” he said.
The committee meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria of Mountain Valley Elementary School, 1165 Sattler Road. The meeting is open to the public.
Council appoints lighting board
By ABE LEVY
New Braunfels City Council approved a plan Monday to form a committee to oversee a proposed holiday lighting project in Cypress Bend Park.
The committee’s chair will be Anna Lee Hicks, who has been instrumental in studying the project for the city, said Mayor Jan Kenedy.
City staff members already have sent out a request for bids to build the lighting displays in the park.
The city will consider leasing or buying the Turn to Council, Page 3
Sheriff, administrator espouse need for jail expansion
By DENISE DZIUK
Comal County needs to start thinking now about the future size of its jail, according to advice the jail administrator and sheriff are giving county commissioners.
Comal County Jail Administrator Jim Middleton said the current capacity of the jail is 145.
As of Monday morning, the inmate count was at 119. Although the local jail holds individuals for immigration purposes and for other agencies, most are local inmates, he said.
“The number of inmates fluctuates, but it’s mainly people from our county,” Middleton said.
Middleton was scheduled to discuss the issue with commissioners in court Thursday, but the item was taken off the agenda because of a prior
A date to discuss the issue with the full court has not been set. However, Sheriff Bob Holder said he and Middleton will meet with commissioners individually in the mean time to discuss present conditions and projected numbers.
“I’m going to explain to them where we’re at and where we’re going,” Middleton said.
Holder said the need for an expanded jail does
not mean crime in the county is up. In fact, the numbers are down, he added.
The current jail space was built IO years ago. Since that time, Holder said, the county has experienced tremendous growth and continues to increase, “ami as a result this is not going to meet the needs of the county in the future.”
“What we’re trying to do is devise a plan for the
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