New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 29, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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12 Pages in one section ■ Tuesday, March 29.1994Herald -Zeitung
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I Vol. 142. No. 96
Special on Tornados......................3
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Thomas Jay Medina, Eirine Schmidt (belated), Bella Fulks, Fema Harper, Elizabeth Chichester, Peggy Lawson, Delrose Ludwig, J cane Smith, Coria Tatum, Herman Yates.
Wurst’ barbecue cookers sought
Anyone interested in competing in the "wurst" barbecue competition in Texas should call Suzanne Herbelin at 625-9167 to sign up.
The Wurst Cook-Off and Dance is slated for Saturday, April 23 on the Wurstfest grounds in Landa Park. Entry fee is SSO per team for the first meat category, or SI OO for two or three-meat categories. Cookers can also enter the side dish category for SIO.
After the cook-off* Ro-Tel and the Hot Tomatoes will perform at Wursthalle. Tickets will be S8 at the gate, or $6 in advance.
Children sought for Kin de ichor group
The New Braunfels Kinderchor is looking for some new children to learn German songs.
Beginner-only classes will start this Thursday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m. at the Senior Citizen Center on Landa St.
For more information, please call David at 629-1785 or Oma at 625-9288.
NBPC to host Good Friday services
The community Good Friday service will be observed at New Braunfels Presbyterian Church on Friday, April I at 12:15 p m.
Clergy and laity from many New Braunfels churches will participated in the traditional service, based on the seven last words from the cross.
' About 30 minutes in duration, the service is designed to allow people to attend during the noon hour without interupting their work schedules.
The public is invited.
10th OruMM 10,000 Mt for April 2
The 10th Annual Gruene 10,000 will be held on April 2 at Gruene and will benefit Friends For Riven.
This year's mn will be highlighted by the appearance of Bill Rodgers, six-time winner of the Boston and New York marathons
For mon information, call (210>366-3701 or (512)472-3254. The event is sponsored by Brooks Shoes, Inc., Roger Soto's Sports in San Antonio and Run-Tex of Austin.
Marion VTO to host pancake breck hi st
The Marion Volunteer Fire Department will have an ill-you-can-eat pancake breakfeat st the ft** station on Sunday, April IO ftt.n 7 a.m. to 12 pjn..
'all Fire Chief Roger Scheffel at 914-2141 for more information
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High winds, hail hit Comal County
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Some huddled in their bathrooms, others wondered if their roofs would fly away, and many wondered what calamity had hit as a violent early-morning thunderstorm rustled area residents from their sleep Sunday morning.
Hail, high winds and thunderstorms roared through the area at approi-mately I a.m. Sunday with reports of other pockets hitting areas between 2 and 3 a.m.
The New Braunfels Fire Department reported no responses to storm-related calls. _
■ See special report on tornados, page 3
■ See related photos, page 2
High winds or a small tornado did mangle ll New Braunfels Utilities electric towers near Green Valley Road in Guadalupe County, causing roughly $450,000 worth of damage said Chief Electrical Engineer Preston Kennedy. The towers carried a 138,000-volt line along the damaged stretch two miles from Sheriffs Posse Arena toward Marion. He also said the towers were built to withstand IOO m p h. winds.
Calls due to power outages started coming in around 1:20 a m. By storm's end Sunday morning, thousands were without power.
“Thousands were without power for one day,” Kennedy said. “We got everybody back on that we knew about by the end of the day .”
Heavy pockets of the storm seemed to concentrate in the southeastern parts of the-eounty, with heavy damage occurring in Guadalupe County and down Interstate 35 toward San Antonio. Extensive damage was reported in the Cibolo and Schertz areas. The Guadalupe Valley Electric Coop said
11.000 members were affected and
1.000 customers were still without power by 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
Randolph Air Force Base reported gusts up to 104 m.p.h. said Larry Eblin of the National Weather Service offioe in San Antonio. Intense thunderstorms were triggered by a cold front moving through the area. Eblin said although small tornadoes certainly might have occurred, radar gave no indication.
“In South Texas, most of the tornadoes are short and weak, touch down and go right back up. What we call straight-line winds are the stronger winds.”
Comal County Chief Deputy Elwood Hohertzdid say he discovered hail still standing in his yard near Landa Park Sunday morning.
“I went out to pick up the paper and there was a sheet of ice where the hail had frozen from the drain.”
Donna Toedtman said lightning struck her home in the Palace Heights subdivision east of 1-35 and blew out two TVs, a VCR, an answering machine, garage door opener and other electrical appliances.
“It came down the exhaust pipe of the stove and then pealed off a section of the linoleum," she said. "It blew a hole in the concrete about the size of a half-dollar."
Sharon Faulkner, who lives near Zipp Road past FM 725 said "big mafotosiaocr hail began foiling shortly after I a.m.
The storm damaged cars, roofs,
HersM-Zetong photo by JOHN HUSETH A McDonald's bllfooord was snapped In two mar Northcliff# Country Club off 1-35.
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A horns that was undsr construction was Ut dsstroysd on Groan VsMsy Woad In Guadalups southeast of Now Braunfels. Mr. and Mrs. Jamas Cowan, who had Just movsd gone when the storm hit.
Now Braunfels UtlRtiss power line poles, said to bs built to withstand 100 m.p.h. winds, ware toppled by the storm's toros. Several nearby poles wars bant double or had their tops snapped off.
Hera&Zt*tung photo by MARK LYON
windows and twisted trees throughout her neighborhood.
“My husband made a video of the hail piled up against the patio,” she said. “...It was kind of funny that the next day, the rose bushes looked pretty good.”
Claims to local offices of insurance companies were hitting a frenzied pace, mainly due to hail damage of cars and homes.
“I started answering phones early this morning and haven’t stopped,” said Hoffmann Agencies’ Marylon Johnson Monday afternoon. “I’ve had more than 50 calls and we’re a small agency.”
Richard Brander, a local agent of the United States Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service, said he immediately drove around the area Sunday morning worried that extensive hail damage had hurt crops.
“All things considered, it seems like we got through this pretty lucky,” he said. "It will be a few days until we can really tell."
Brandei said it appeared the area around Garden Ridge was hardest hit but said overall, estimates indicated a IO percent damage amount.
Brandes said cath crops such as corn and sorghum, planted in the spring, would be moat vulnerable, especially com.
He said the sorghum, or milo, was not yet up but the com stood st about six inches. Early reports said damage was not as heavy is might be expected,
’The formal ny the big damage is not ftum the hail foiling," he Mid. "It tends to stack up and fteezes the plant. That's whet does the most damage."
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County has minimal warning system, officials say
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
In the event of a tornado or major storm, residents of New Braunfels and Comal County need to tune into radio or television broadcasts to receive any advance warning.
According to New Braunfels Fire Chief Phil Baker, the only early warning system available is through the Emergency Broadcast System and the National Weather Service that is broadcast over the radio or television.
"We have minimal cady warning systems," he said. "We have to take care of things after the fact."
He said there is no siren to sound out over the community to warn area residents.
Baker serves as emergency management coordinator for the city of New Braunfels He said if an emergency would strike the city, the senior elected officials would be in charge by law, but that he would coordinate recovery efforts.
Baker said the city works to educate people about how to protect themselves end their homes. In addition all organizations that would be involved in emergency recovery effort* conduct drills etch year.
Those would be involved Include the dty of New Braunfels, New Braunfels Utilities, Entex, Cornel end New Braunfels Independent School Districts, the American Red Orosi, local radio Nations, McKenna Memorial Hospital Mid local am«aur chibs In the oourty, Fire Marshal Milton Willmsnn would serve si emergency oooidi-astor.
"We would ail come together lf we folt it necessary to
take charge of a situation that might come about,” said Baker. “The mayor and the city manager would be the main people in charge. I would be an information person."
If an emergency would occur, Baker said efforts would concentrate on rescue, getting municipal fodlitffff functioning. restoring electrical power, phone service, transportation and providing flesh water, food and emergency housing.
The city has not had to perform this type of service since 1972 when the floods hit
To a smaller extent, services have been provided for people escaping hurricanes on the coin. Baiter said he helps find housing and services for those people coming to New Braunfels Airing hurricanes.
As for as Saturday'! storm, Baker said the damage seemed to be very localized. Mon of the damage occurred Ein of Interstate Highway 35 and toward Seguin, he said.
"As for ai I know there wit no report ors tornado. I didn't actually see a tornado There was wind damage that indicated there was some circular rotation but
could get the same kind of damage with straight-line winds," he said.
According to the National Weather Service the Ibm tornado reported in Comal County occurred May 21, 1992. The Norm covered a 20-mile area, Nx yard wide and did Ion than $50,000 In damage.
The National Weather Service alto said a tornado was reported In Comal County on Sept. 17,1911. The twister covered Ism than one half of a mile and had a width of three yard!.
There were no injuries.
City council approves submission of grant application to TNRCC
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
The New Braunfels City Council approved a resolution Monday night authorizing the sub-miarion of a graoK toplicNion to the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission in order to obtain fonds for a community waste reduction, recycling and composting program.
The request to submit the application for the grant was brought to the city by the New Braunfels Recycling Committee.
If the grant was obtained, it would provide ftinds for a chipper mick and related equipment. The committee ii requeNing $100,000.
The purpose of the program, if the fonding is received, would be to reduoe the amount of green waste, such ai brush and tree limbs, going into the landfill by 20 percent. The green waste used would come from the 16 parks operated by the dty of New Braunfels and fawn residents who bring their green waste to a park site once per month for chipping.
Recycling committee officials Mid the chips would be used in the park for landscaping and erosion control and would also be offered to homeowners at no CON.
Officials sud they do not know when they will receive notice about whether or not the dty will gM the grant.
In other business, the coundl and dty council candidate Jim Mooney got involved in a heated discussion about the Household Hazardous Waste program.
Mooney expressed his concern about the feet that fonding for the seoond collection day is limited Officials report that there ii $97,000 available for the second collection, which is scheduled for April 23. If too many reddens bring their household hazardous waste to the collection day, officials may be forced to turn some people away. It ii being partially fonded by a grant from the TexM Natural Resource Conservation Commission.
Mooney also asked about any plans by the
county to open satellite stations in the rural areas. City offidals said there were never any plans to build satellite stations City Coundl Member Paul Fraser said the dis-cuadons centered around providing portable collection sites.
City Manager Mike Shinds also pointed out thM decisions about the collection are not made by the ooundl but ameed are made by the Household Hazardous Waite Collection Committee.
ThM committee is made up of Mayor Rudy Sd-del, Comal County Commisdoner Moe Schwab, Comal County Fire Marshal Milton WiUmarm and New Braunfels AsdMai* Fire Chief Elroy Frisian-hehn.