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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 10, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-ZWfung New Braunfels. Texas Tuesday, March 10,1967Tornado _ Continued from Page I fact and do their damage and disappear before being spotted. “The county is more vulnerable than the city, but the city is also vulnerable,” Syring said. The spring tornado season arrived early Feb. 27 when tornado watches vv-re issued throughout Central and South Texas as a severe thunderstorm rolled through the area bringing with it heavy rains, hail and high gusts of winds. Property damage reported in the county was attributed to straight wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour. By the next morning as the system moved eastward, it spawned a tornado in Mississippi that cut a 20-mile path of destruction leaving seven persons dead and hundreds homeless. Though tornados are not a frequent occurrence in South Texas, they can strike at anytime or anyplace given the right circumstances. According to a weather service spokesman, tornado warns.:, ^ should never be taken lightly. Tornados are not as frequent and are rarely as large as those experienced in North Texas and Oklahoma, but I don’t want to minimize their danger,” said NWS Chiel Billy Crouch at the San Antonio weather office. "One of the worst tornados in Texas history occurred in Rock Springs on the western edge of the Hill C ountry that killed 74 people in the 1920s and others have occurred in Chiliad and Waco,” he said c rouch said one of the problems the Hondo radar has in detecting tornado activity in this area is that signals are blocked in the Hill Country and the fact that, because New Braunfels is far away, the radar beam shoots too high and even over the top of a storm. Another problem, he said, is that ! e tornados are too small to see because of the wide signal of the present radar system. We ll never solve that problem entirely, but since the Doppler radar employs a smaller beam, the hance of not seeing the smaller tornados will be minimized," Crouch said. Doppler, the latest and most sophisticated piece of weather tracking apparatus in use today. ii: be one part of the weather service’s new facilities to be located here by November 1991 Doppler is capable of detecting > «mc cloud movement, wind shear and heavy rainfall amounts c r ach said the San Antonio office issues about six tornado watches and about three warnings while averaging one actual tornado annually. Cool, moist air moving under wan::. »lrv air with strong upper lev*.- jet stream” winds are the ingredients for a tornado. When this mix occurs, c\ clonic, or spinning *op movement is caused bv the .. nu air rising above the cooler air c l generated bv the jet stream. Similar to a hurricane, an ‘eye" a rms .nside the thunderhead and a •'•tex. or hook, appears un-o*, With w inds inside of up to p<-s.Mbu BIK) miles per hour churning iMtcrd h kwise direction, the **\ . overs itself to the ground In meterological circles, a tunnel becomes a tornado w hen it touches ground. \ tornado w atch indicates conditions exist for possible tornadic a icity A warning means a funnel ha been sighted or verified by •• el I spotter or radar and that persons in the immediate area should take shelter. Syring said the county relies heavily on spotters for tracking severe weather systems, which is extremely difficult at night. Radioequipped volunteers of the Comal County Civil Defense Rescue Squad, 40 members strong, set up in strategic locations around the county when severe weather threatens. Besides problems with tornado detection, another problem hampering warning efforts is the lack of sirens. There are none active in the city and the only one in the county is at I^ake Dunlap. Syring said that though he has requested the purchase of sirens numerous times, they are not given high priority status. “We do the best with what we’ve got,” Syring said, noting that it would take eight “Thunderbolt” sirens at a cost of $15,000 each to cover the city alone. “We’ve been lucky there haven’t been more injuries or deaths here. As the county gets more populated I’m afraid we are going to see more injuries as a result," Syring said. At present, if issuing a tornado warning becomes necessary, residents must rely on the radio station and television i which can become inoperable during power failure), and sirens and public address systems of police and fire units Syring advises that if persons hear long siren blast from police or fire units during a severe storm, they should not call to see what is happening, but should immediately take cover. New Braunfels has 32 designated storm shelters. The first one to open in case of an emergency is St. Mary's Hall at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. The Civic Center and most schools and churches also house designated shelters. In the event of an actual tornado. mobile home dwellers are advised to seek shelter elsewhere since mobile homes offer little occupant protection, whereas most homes have several pockets of protection such as under a sturdy table but not beneath heavy appliances on an upper floor Small rooms such as closets and bathrooms are also go*ui places as are basements and the lowest floor or center part of the house. Avoid taking cover near glass or mirrors. Schools, commercial and light industrial buildings do not offer the same pockets of protection as residences, lf a person is in such a structure and a shelter is not available, that person should go to an interior hallway and crouch on his knees covering his head to avoid glass and flying debris injuries If caught in Hie open country when a tornado strikes there are several things one can do. If driving, and time permits, attempt to drive away from the funnel at a right angle If this is not possible, get out of the car and take cover in a ditch or culvert and lie flat If an underpass is nearby . get inside and remember to cover your head Structural damage to a residence can bt* minimized, and possibly even elinunated. by opening windows on the side facing the tornado and the side directly opposite Tornados create a vacuum, causing air pressure differences which can result rn the explosion of the home unless the vacuum is released Opening those windows will keep pressure inside the house equal to that ut the tornado.Signs Continued from Page I signs altogether The outspoken proponent of sign control said after the meeting that the issue will bt* for the next council to decide. Tieken has decided not to seek re-election for her council seat in April 4 municipal elections “I am disappointed by what I considered a very narrow approach to the sign ordinance I ani looking out for the good of the people* Someday when the community is totally obliterated with signs and billboards, perhaps people will realize other cities were right.' Tieken said. referring to sign ordinances passed in recent years by other cities in Texas and rial. mw ide Council abolished boti; appointed sign ordinance committees Dec ti following controversy over the first committee's proposed draft winch was termed overkill” and anti business” by members ot the business community At that lune, that mayor chastized both taction* for what he called the cal fight that erupted between proponents ar a opponents Council extended a moratorium .it that time against new sign construction and charged c ity stiff with the task of writing a new ordinal * A new ordinance was ti repiat e the current ordinance which w,*-Mayor ( unturned from Page I When you back up and remember what happenedbefore having my name removed or the eve of the election I .st didn t want to go through that again That was embarrass enough I didnt want to i through being the only ann .nee : candidate and then haw:, ii., name Liken off the ballet he saidTrash expe w hil I outiuued from Page I ii tment versus anticipated flue projections would knock n ‘ 'ut' - down to $7,435,937, e providing $6,041,859 in ■( ted revenues, according to es supplied by city staff hie ha^ suited the initial reason * idermg contracting with a • t sanitation firm was the high i if capital outlay for vehicles . I-of ontrai ting for sanitation service first came up at a council workshop last September. Citizens and sanitation employees have voiced concerns over such private contracts In a meeting last Friday morning with sanitation department employees. Michie said that employees would given applications for employment with a contractor should the city decide to contract for garbage service He said that if given a choice to possibly save or keep rates as the\ are. residents would favor pm ab service But some citizens at Munday council meeting voiced corn em lr it rates will increase while ♦ senile decreases Shorn I Uh- tv decide to contrac t out and s.-ii n vehicles and equipment, it would be hard pressed to reassume oilection responsibilities should such .rn agreement become unfavorable to residents, some saidFire Continued from Page I arrived at the scene with three trucks. New Braunfels fire reports state “the home was totally involved at the time of arrival.” Within minutes after a New Braunfels 300-gallon brush truck arrived, it ran out of water and officials had to wait for a backup truck, witnesses at the scene said. Capt. John Williams of the New Braunfels department said a 1,300-gallon truck arrived at the soon after the first truck. “The brush truck had just come in from a brush fire near Old Marion Road and Doep-penschmidt Road. They had just got the truck back in service when they got the trailer house call," he said. The truck was loaded and ready for service at 10.30 p.m. before responding to the mobile home fire. Neighbors said the home was engulfed in flames before firefighters arrived. “I never saw anything go so fast. He lost everything but the dog. He got his little dog out,” Weigand said. Grace said he didn’t know what he and his family were going to do following the fire. Grace’s home lies just outside of the New Braunfels city limits and does not have available fire hydrants. Williams said he thought the nearest hydrant was near Texas 46 in Clear Springs, at least one-half mile from Monday’s fire. Roger Bading, a volunteer firefighter from Geronimo, said the home is actually in New Braunfels' territory but since the commmunity is near Geronimo, the volunteer fire department responded Bading added New Braunfels often dispatches calls for the Geronimo department Weather Police Report that ear! 35 rn wa s sh ie dan A 29-year-old New Braunfels in rep »ited to police Sunday the thorned list* of a motor vehicle caf. a two-door 1977 yellow ! " 'loafing Texas license plate* IK. .as said to have been Liken • -I y morning from the Comal nty Fairgrounds, \ San Antonio woman reported * bile she was traveling south y Sunday morning on Interstate ii tile southern city limits a rock thrown and struck the winded of hor auto, resulting in $300 •age A 30 y oaf-old New Braunfels .milan was reportedly robbed hursday morning in the parking lot f a motel located in the 1200 bloc k of ntorstate 35 Fast. The incident was eported to police Saturday She was llegediv robbed of her wallet cottoning $32, credit cards and a heck book Other details were na val la hie Damage to an auto caused by a irk was reported Friday evening by a 19-year-old New Braunfels man The incident occurred in the 600 block of South Seguin Street. A storage building located on North Rush Avenue was burglarized sometime between Jan. 15 and March 7 and was reported to police Friday Signs of forced entry were found Taken were cookware, silverware, buckets, plastic pans, an industrial size roll of aluminum foil and assorted towels at a loss of $175 Four rims and tires, a total value of $660. were reportedly stolen from a car sometime between last Wednesday and Friday while in the 1500 block of Cologne Street. A tackle box and its contents, valued at $220, were reportedly stolen from a boat Friday morning while its owner, a 43-year-old Austin man, was eating inside a fast food outlet located rn the IOO block of Interstate 35 West — Nothing was reported stolen in an attempted burglary of a business Friday morning in the 200 block of West Merriweather Street. adopted in emergency session in June 1985 City Attorney Barry Moore said that even if the current ordinance is repealed at the next council meeting, other ordinances currently an the books will address signs and billboards from a public safety standpoint Local businessman and city council candidate Dennis Rhoads said council would be surprised if the issue were put to a vote Most people I have talked to don't even know where the idea for a sign ordinance came from I'm a finn believer that the town does not want a sign ordinance, but some council members do and it is being pushed down our throats," he said shortly befor* til** matter was put before council vote other' who spoke against the measure said council has more important issues to consider than Men regulation Nobody with Hie exception of the Garden Club has spoken out in favor of this ordinance Dx city should be licking after our safety health and welfare and should not be trying to legislate aesthetics,” >.*id businessman Gary Henry who is also running for cliv council Obituaries Carolina V. Cardenas Services fur t urolina A Cardenas if 2762 Becker St will be .it IO a in W* due -day .it Holy Family (attain Cf. ir r. witfi the Rev Ism Murray officiating Burial will bt .it Sis Peter and Paul ( atholic Cemetery . j died March 8 .it Nix Medic a1 t enter in San Antonio A rosary will be recited at 7 30 p m lue'i.iy «! lf * ha pel at Morales Funeral Home Cardenas was born ta t ll. 1911, in Ixakfiart to Joaquin and Domingo Valdez Cardenas was a housewife md a member of the Holy Family t atholn Church S.irv vors include two daughters. Maria Ortega of New Braunfels and Y and.* Ix-desma of Houston five a- Ftrain Cardenas and Victor Water Watch Comal River....................... 424 cfs (same) Canyon Lake inflow.............1.301    cfs (down 54) Canyon Lake outflow.............1,010 cfs (up 281) Canyon Lake level...................911.21 (up 18) Edwards Aquifer................. 627 90 (down 03) Texas Weather    Extended    Forecast Thursday through Saturday An Arctic cold front was ap-{.roaching the Texas coast at dawn    3,,^, TKXAS l lou,,, „nd today after racing across the state.    ThurMU,    ,    < r<„„ bringing with much colder tem-    .... .    .a    ,    Highs in the bbs .Os lower Rio peratures and ending a lengthv    ..    , . .    ,    .    ,    Grande valley D>ws in the upper Mi* period of unseasonably warm    ...    ,    / •    Hill lountrv. j*k Rn. Grande vallev temperatures across the state    .    ,    ...    .    ,    , r    and coast. 4o> inland I lea ring and a Forecast    little wanner on Friday Highs in th* 70s IxiW' in th** 40' 50' to near no SOUTH TKXAS Cloudy and cold    lower Rio Grand* valley and aer tonight and Wednesday with stat-    coast Partly cloudy and warm tered to numerouns showers or    Saturday Highs in til* 70' and 80s thunderstorms, ending from the    Urns near 50 Hill Country t near* northwest Wednesday afternoon    lower valley and ast. , taws tonight in the upper 30s Hill    elsewhere Country to nud 50s lower coast Highs Wednesday in the 50s to Ut mid 6*h southwest Public Records Arraignment* Justice of the Peace Pct 2 Judge Ode Blanc lierd Frednck A Satino. possesion marijuana over four ounces $10,000 bond Robert D Vallejo, burglary of a motor vehicle, t ’ ■*» bond \ ani e Burtram, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle $lu.iMi lion t Ju»ti< a ot the Peel e Pc* 3 Judge Fred S*«*Wrt*t Lucy Longwell. criminal trespassing $5c«*b*»nd I orderlies Jr . tioth of New Braunfels Reynaldo Cardenas of Louise Ramon Cardenas of Chula Vista Calif . .md Juan Cardenas Indiana urn* sister. Clara Barrera of of Hoi kiev 20 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren Pallbearers will be Daniel I ardelio*. Samuel Cardenas. Henrv talesman Jr Mono Cardenas. (lr Undo Cardenas and Jim* t lr Ie ga Elmer Massey Services are {vending at Morales Funeral Home for Rimer Massey of 935 IntersLiU* 3a Box to in Nev* Braunfels Massey , 75. died March 9 at San Antonio Chest Hospital He wa* born July 16. 1912. to James and Fibertha nee (’lark' Massey in Heal County Massey was retired and was Baptist Survivors include m*ven (laughters Barbara Springs of Aln **. Janet I -eofiard of Farmville Va tayor Setser of New Braunfels J ay i e Murphv    2 K.*ni*' City Carolyn Burnell and land.* I-*zo both tieorge NA est and Gloria Speed of Stonewall two s. if is David Masse) of Dripping Springs and tarry Mas***) 4 Austin. t-*ur sister* Pearl Schnudt    /.urleen Masse) Betty Haggerton arui Miniola Blah** k one bf oilier leo Mavsey of Stonewall 4o grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren Pallbearers will t** tarov Phillips Wade Hudson David Mass**) 11mothy Speed, Lyle Masse) and Stev en Spring* — Three brown leather stock saddles, valued at $1.5(8), and two brown leather exercise saddles, valued at $5t8) were reported stolen Friday morning from the comal County Fairgrounds. — The purse of an 18-year-old woman was reportedly stolen Thursday evening from th* kitchen area of the Civic Center. The woman told police she left the purse tiler** with several other purses and when she returned it was gun* The purse contained jewelry items valued at $2,045; a dental retainer, worth $*8t a calculator; house and car keys, a library card, a school ID and wallet Anyone with information pertaining to a felony offense .ire asked to call (’rime .Stoppers at 620-TIPS and speak to the officer on duty Callers will not be asked to give their name. Crime Stoppers pays rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and grand jury indictment of persons committing felony crimes Health ( are Update For Folks Age bd to TH! NEW PLAN PAYS UP TO $192,700 FOR NURSING HOME BENEFITS — INCLUDING CUSTODIAL CARE According to a recent congressional study*, 2 out 3 3 Americans aged 66 will be "impoverished*' atter spending just I 3 weeks in a nursing home But now there is a solution from Bankers Life and Casualty It s a new kind of nursing home policy that pays benefits... • for custodial, intermediate and skilled nursing care • before during and after Medicare payments and in addition to HMO benefits • for up to FIVE YEARS for any one sickness or injury up to $100 per day. • special "NO PREMIUMS rule during nursing home stay BANKERS LIFE AND CASUALTY COMPANY Call or Write: Beth Gueldner 4400 Piedras Dr. South No. 155 San Antonio, Tx 78228 629 4155 THE WEARING OF THE GREEN Si Paine* s Day s n we are all honorary Irish    and    many communities ha.e ceremonies and cerebrations Be prepared with fresh him and camera Both wide angle    and    zoom tenses are useful    tor    parade pictures It you an get in the front row use the 28 or 35MM lens at eye level when the marchers are dose Try to get in as much of the color and action as you can This is one event that aahs for busy pictures A yellowish sky tilter win help emphasize the greens you can expect The pink tilters like the Bf A and 81? will mute them Use a zoom lens tor closeups of individuals tike the tuba player or one of the clowns At the beginning ot a parade and during breaks rn the marching order you may have a chance tor a long view Experiment with various zoom ratios tor best effects It you are missing some ot the tilters or lenses you need tor a variety ot deferent shots stock up at Setdei Camera Shop fefibrl £ ament &»iiop "Nill Cavalry PheteqraphK Headquarters " 453 West San Antonio New Braunfels Texas 78130 Tue-Sat 9AM-6PM • CLOSED V SUN A MON* Phone til?) 625-552- ^ - A packed chamber confronts New Braunfels City Council Monday ;