New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 14, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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Debris left behind in this tree shows just how high the Little Blanco River got during flooding a week ago. Residents of Forest View North subdivision, located adjacent to the river, were forced to flee the rising waters.
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might help us float on the roof and tied it down,” Collard said. “And we went up there and waited.”
The river came 25 feet above its usual level, and rose to the porch level, but the house stayed.
“What I was worried about was some of those big logs coming down through here and hitting the piers and off we’d go,” Collard explained.
“Around 6 a.m., the water began to recede, so we went down, tried to assess the damage, and save whatever we could still find,” he said.
He tried to find his horses and open a gate for them, but could not get to the gate. After the flood, he found his three mares drowned, but the gelding survived.
“I could see some lights on down through there,” Collard said, “and I was afraid someone in a car got swept off the road. But it turned out to be one of my own
vehicles. The water had shorted the lights out, and they came on.”
As the water began to rise again, the Collards decided to
Now in the aftermath neighbors wander the banks of the now quiet little Blanco River, looking for the lost articles, tagging those that do not belong to them, helping each other find things. Most vehicles had already been moved, but metal storage sheds still litter the banks, lawn chairs dangle from trees, and fencing wire is twisted and strewn everywhere. “Hey, Joe, where did you see that refrigerator?” “Has anyone seen a little silver tractor?” are more common than “Hello” or “How’s the weather?”
“Miles and miles and miles of twisted fencing have been destroyed here, and most of it will have to be redone completely, new material,” Gammage said. "And there is a lot of damage to county roads here, too.”
★ Van Flagg
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and at least ll others were involved in the largest drug ring ever broken in the San Antonio area.
An Austin man was arrested with VanFlagg and Jones, and the others, from places such as West Germany, San Antonio, Florida, Longview, Austin, and Corpus Christi, were jailed soon thereafter.
The ring is believed to have imported cocaine and methamphetamine from Bolivia and Brazil, South America, Canada and West Germany, and operated in Texas, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Florida and California.
In Texas, the operation allegedly reached across South Texas from Corpus Christi to Austin to Uvalde and San Antonio.
A statement introduced into evidence Thursday by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Durbin said VanFlagg was the “organizer, supervisor, and manager” of the
drug manufacturing-importing business from June 1976 until November.
All but five of the defendants have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the indictment. Two, including Malte Wieland Dollinger of West Germany, are fugitives. The other three are expected to plead guilty.
Comal County Sheriff’s Deputy Ed Mullins, who was instrumental in leading federal investigators and a drug enforcement team to the VanFlagg’s home in November, called the incident “the biggest thing I’ve ever been connected with.” Federal investigators had lost track of the VanFlaggs until an informant said they might be in the Canyon Lake area. Mullins was then brought into the investigation to help locate their car.
The couple had lived in many cities under several assumed names. They had been in the Canyon Lake area about 15 months before their arrest.
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Wilson’s men also saturated the area with foam to clean up the leaking fuel. “It absorbed with water into the ground,” Wilson said.
Airport personnel pumped the fuel tanks after the men had escaped the plane.
Although there was no fire, the plane was heavily damaged, Wommack said.
The crash occurred at 1:44 Thursday afternoon. Police officers and highway patrolmen sealed off the airport to incoming traffic for a little more than an hour. “It tied us up pretty good,” Wommack said.
Officials at the Federal Aviation Administration, who were contacted after the incident, told emergency crews to leave the plane as it landed until their investigation into the incident is complete.
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