New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 24, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, June 24,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Lucille Wecklcy
Vol. 145, No. 159
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zettung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Lucille Weekley, Robert Elliott Patterson, Sharlene Johnson, Marcie Granzin, Sandra Bonners bach, Sheila Gam-brell, Laura Bostic (15 years), Trevor Payne (6 years), Blake Besson (4 years), Nativklad Avalos, Jonathan Cornwell, Cindy Gore, Gary Poeck, Tina Wehner, Debbie Roberts (belated), Dove Meyer and Edmund Scheel.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
(Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 385 cubic feet per second, down 510 from Monday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 626.42 feet above sea level, up .13. Canyon Dam discharge — 150 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — not available Canyon Lake level — 934.5 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
New Braunfels Utilities
NBU reports pumptng 6.677 million gallons of surface water Monday and 786,750 gallons of well water
Things should start drying up some
Tonight's forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a 30 percent chance of evening showers and thunderstorms with lows in the 70s and a south, southeast wind of 10 mph.
Wednesday should be partly cloudy and hot with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, highs in the low 90s and a south wind of 10 to 15 mph.
Wednesday night may have isolated showers and thunderstorms with partly cloudy skies and temperatures ranging from the low 70s to the low 90s
During the end of the week, there's a slight chance of showers mainly during the afternoon to evening hours with lows in the 70s and highs in the mid 90s.
Watch for water over roads
Rain swollen rivers and creeks are still hindering travel along certain roads in the county. As of Tuesday morning, Rebecca Creek Road at the Guadalupe River and Farm-to-Market 1863 at the Cibolo Creek were still closed because of high water over the roadway. The Gruene Bridge over the Guadalupe River currently is open to traffic.
Wednesday last day to fils for NBISD race
Wednesday is the last day for individuals to file for the New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees.
Anyone still wishing to file has until 5 p.m. Wednesday to complete the paperwork at the Education Center, 430 W. Mill St. To be eligible to file, the potential candidate must have been a resident of the state for 12 months, and a resident of the trustee district for 6 months prior to the last date on which the candidate could file for a place on the ballot.
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‘We did not need this9
Jennifer Norris gives Wilms Gentry a welcomed hug after Gentry found out her mobile home soon was going to be submerged at Pecan Grove mobile home park in Schertz.
After dry ’96, outfitters see hopes for 1997 float away
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Mother Nature is not being nice to Guadalupe River outfitters.
“This is bad; we did not need this,” Little Ponderosa owner Al Zator said Sunday afternoon as rains continued to fall and Canyon Lake continued to rise.
Tourists started trickling out of Whitewater Sports when the rain began, said Mike Martz, who helped out at Whitewater Sports. The outflow of tourists from the campground had become a steady stream by Saturday, and by Sunday all had gone home or to motels.
Little Ponderosa, along with other outfitters on the Guadalupe, had to shut its doors to tube and raft business last weekend because of the deluge. The river itself didn’t flood, and that was misleading. Zator said. People were still calling Little Ponderosa on Sunday afternoon wanting to rent rafts.
“The river, because of the dam, looks fine, he said. “The ground’s so saturated, though, that if you just get a good burst of water, it could get dangerous really fast.”
The river flow looked fine for tubing and rafting Sunday, because the Canyon Dam was almost closed, only letting IOO cubic feet per second of water out, Martz said. But as the rain continued, more and more water accumulated in the lake.
That water would have to be released sooner or later, he said.
“It’s going to be several weeks before it’s back to normal,” Martz said.
Until the lake level — and the riv-Tum to Outfitters, Page 2A
Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Damall Floodwaters damage homes, wash away business
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for Guadalupe outfitters; no deaths, injuries reported
Canyon Lake fills; inflow nears record
Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Darnall
One of the Clark family members gets emotional aa they are forced to leave their Spring Branch boma on the Guadalupe River Sunday afternoon.
BY CHRIS CREWS
The section of the Guadalupe River from Canyon Dam to Seguin flows at a leisurely rate, seemingly ideal for summer recreation. But the calm appearance belies what is to come.
Near-record inflow into Canyon Reservoir and lake levels expected to reach 28 feet above the flood control level combined with flood conditions downstream at Victoria complicate release rates from the dam, officials said.
Flow into Canyon Reservoir reached as high as
130.000 cubic feet per second on Sunday. Officials said this is one of the highest inflow rates since the record inflow of 160,000 cfs in 1978. The inflow remained near
30.000 cfs on Monday.
Water levels at Victoria are
7 feet above flood level. To assuage flood conditions downstream, the flow rate from the dam was reduced to about 160 cfs on Sunday.
Jerry Brite, lake manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said a portion of North Park, which is on higher ground, is still opened to camping. Comal Park, Potter’s C reek Park. Cranes Mill Park, Jacobs Creek Park and Canyon Park are all closed.
“Some parks, the low elevation parks such as Comal Park, Cranes Mill Park and Potter’s Creek Park, will be closed for several months,” Brite said. “We maybe
B Canyon Lake is expected to reach 937 feet above sea level, 6 feet below the spillway.
B Guadalupe River flow into Canyon Lake was as high as 130,000 cubic feet per second, one of the highest since the record 160,000 cfs in 1978.
B Outfitters say summer tourism business is sunk this year.
B Residents in Bulverde and Schertz had to flee their homes.
reopening portions of North Park, Jacobs Creek Park and Canyon Park once the water recedes off the park road.” The Canyon Lake Marina and Papa Dock’s Restaurant in Canyon Park are separated from the mainland by water.
Boaters are advised against using the lake because of debris. However, those who do are encouraged to travel slowly and keep the lakeshore in sight.
Skiing, personal watercraft use and sailing are not recommended, Brite said.
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NWS predicts more rain
By CHRIS CREWS
As if the weekend storms that flooded rivers and creeks and added to already inflated rainfall totals in Comal and surrounding counties weren’t enough, the soothsayers at the National Weather Service warn that there is more rain in our future.
Recorded weekend rainfalls in the county ranged from about two and one-half inches in Spring Branch to more than six inches two miles northeast of New Braunfels. The San Antonio area has received almost 21 inches for the year-to-date, compared to just more than 5 inches for the same period last year. Average rainfall for the area is between 14 and 15 inches.
New Braunfels Airport
NWS meteorologist Cliff Cole said this year’s unusually wet conditions are largely due to the movement of the jet stream. Cole said the jet stream has pushed northward, leaving a void that has been filled most of the state with moist tropical air.
The NWS predicts below normal temperatures and above average rainfall through the end of the month.
“We’ve had a lot of rain, and that tends to cool things off,” Cole said.
Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Darnall
Clark Smith looks over the Guadalupe River Bridge near Spring Branch to see what the river looks like at 95,000 cubic feet per second on Sunday morning.
State park reacts to raging river
By DAVID DEKUNDER
GUADALUPE RIVER STATE PARK — Sunday was not a day of rest for park rangers at Guadalupe River State Park as flood waters raged into the edge of the park.
Park personnel had to evacuate eight campsites near the river and had to shut off the day use area as the Guadalupe River rose over its banks.
“We experienced a 60 foot nse by the time it crested (at 2 p.m. Sunday),”
Turn to State park, Page 2A
Schertz residents flee their homes
By DAVID DEKUNDER
SCHERTZ — In what many say was one of the worst floods ever to hit this city, the Cibolo Creek crested to about 25 feet Sunday forcing more than IOO people from their homes and turning the city park into a lake.
The Cibolo Creek, which separates Schertz from Universal City and Bexar County, flowed over its banks, wiping out the Farm-to-Market 78 bridge, going to and from Universal City, and a low creek crossing. The floodwaters almost reacted over the Southern Pacific railroad bridge over the creek.
“I have been in the Schertz area since 1935 and I have never seen it like this,” Suzano Vasquez said as he watched the floodwaters engulf the city park and Oak Street, which runs in front of the park.
The Vasquez family was busy putting possessions in Turn to Schertz, Page 3A
Bulverde shelter houses victims
By DENISE DZIUK
BULVERDE — Raulo Santiago knew water was rising in the creeks near his home, but didn’t expect the first floor of his home to turn into a swimming pool.
Santiago said his wife tried to go to work about 11 a.m. Sunday, but returned to their home on Twin Ridge when flooded low water crossings were impassable. He said they went
out to look at the water, and then returned home. Within a couple of hours, the water was seeping through a rock wall in the yard and inching its way toward the house.
“All of the sudden, it started coming up,” Santiago said. “Everything started floating.” Santiago said within an hour, the bottom level of the house had four feet of water it. He said everything was floating, including furniture and clothes. He tried to save items by moving Turn to Bulverde, Page 3AComptroller outlines plan for tax relief after a disaster. See Page 4.