New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 6, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
Thursday, May 6,1993
Serving Comal County • Home of Scott Watson
50 Cents Daily, 75 Cents Sunday
Vol. 141, No. 121
Heavy rain hits county
By ROSEMARIE EASH Hora Id-Ze hung
Heavy'rains Wednesday resulted in the evacuations of some residents along the Guadalupe River and played havoc with motorists throughout the county as the water rose.
The New Braunfels Police Department evacuated three areas in New Braunfels, according to'Lt. John Wommack.
“We evacuated the Crestlane and Hillcrest area, Sleepy Hollow and the Rio Drive section, including the NB RV park under the Guadalupe River bridge,” Wommack said. “The Civic Center wf s opened as a shelter.” Darren Brinkkoeter, chairman of the American Red Cross in Comal County, said, “We’ve been on standby and will be until about 9 p.m. unless something else comes up. We chose the Civic Center for a shelter at this time because we had quick access. We have Sts. Peter and Paul if we need more room."
Brinkkoeter said most families evacuated had gone directly to local family members and friends and had not utilized the shelter. Red Cross officials had planned to remain throughout the night if rain started again before 9 p.m. or there was a strong chance that the weather would deteriorate during the night.
“The rain is pretty widespread throughout the county,” said County Engineer Tom Homseth. “All the usual low water crossings are closed. My crews have pulled one car out on Purgatory Road near the Hays County line."
Horn seth said the flooding speared to be heaviest in the Saltier and New Braunfels areas.
Sandy Jackson, Comal Independent School District public information officer, said district schools closed at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, and the buses were attempting to get students home.
“All the buses have radios and are in constant contact," Jackson said. “Some buses are having
High waters prevented residents and utility workers from crossing the road near Huaco Springs Wednesday afternoon. Thursday’s forecast calls tor mostly cloudy skies with a 40 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms, with a high in the low 80s and southeast winds near 15 mph Photo by Karla Wenzel.
trouble getting through and those kids will be taken back to school. The district will have someone available at the schools until all the kids have gotten home.”
Bobbie L. Haserl at the Texas Department of Transportation reported multiple incidents of water over the state highways.
“Our biggest problem at the moment is Farm to Market 1863,” said Bobbie Hasert at the Texas Highway Department at about 6 p.m. “We think there’s been a washout on 1863 just east of the Cibolo between Farm to Market 3U09 and the first low water crossing — possibly a 10-foot-deep hole, maybe on the embankment."
Hasert said there was some
difficulty with radio communications, so he was unsure of the exact nature of the problem at the time.
The road was dosed due to flooding at the Comal Creek low water crossing and the Cibolo low water crossing. Hasert said officials had received information f rom the Boerne area that a four-to-six foot surge of water had been sighted.
Hasert also reported water on the roads at the intersection of Highway 46 and Farm to Market 2722, on Farm to Market 3009 near Natural Bridge Caverns, on Farm to Market 483 near the Wal-Mart Distribution Center, on Farm to Market 1044 near Marion and various other loca
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Circulation Manager Carol Avery said some newspaper carriers washed off the road and were stranded in places where they couldn’t get out.
“We couldn’t get anywhere on River Road,” Avery said. “Garden Ridge didn’t get papers because the carrier was stuck in Schoenthal Ranch.’’
Avery also reported problems making paper deliveries in Bulverde and on Hueco Springs Loop.
“No one’s calling and complaining. They understand the situation and know they’ll get their papers tomorrow,” said Avery.
Edwards bill will preserve
spring flowJudge says new legislation will keep control local
Staff and wire report
AUSTIN — A Texas senator is pushing a bill to require a permit and possibly a fee to pump water from the Edwards Aquifer — and a county official says it is better to have control at a local level.
Sen. Ken Armbrister, D-Victo-ria, said Wednesday his bill would rectify a court order to reduce pumping from the 176-mile-long reservoir to protect the habitats of endangered species.
Water taken from the underground Edwards Aquifer would lie regulated by a sliding benchmark, Armbrister said.
“My understanding yesterday was that it has a 50-50 shot at passing," said County Judge Carter Casteel. “It’s better to have local control. We prefer that the legislature pass something, but if they don’t we have a back-up — federal protection of the spring How”
Beginning June 1,1994, pumping from the aquifer, which provides San Antonio with its drinking water, would be limited to 450,000 acre-feet of water for each calender year through Dec. 31, 2007, under the bill. That is equal to about 160 billion gallons.
Beginning Jan. I, 2008, pumping would be limited to 400,000 acre-feet of water, or about 140 billion gallons of water, according to the bill.
Armbrister said the Edwards Aquifer Authority, which would In* created under the measure to regulate pumping, would he able to adjust the benchmark depending on a shortage or surplus of water in the aquifer.
Farmers who depend on the aquifer for irrigation would he limited to two acre-feet of water or about 700,000 gallons, Armbrister said.
Growers could receive more water by showing that their crops have required more irrigation during previous seasons.
Armbrister said the bill would help preserve a steady flow of water from the aquifer into the Comal Springs and San Mnrcos Springs, where several endangered fish, salamanders and plant species thrive.
Those seeking to make withdrawals from the aquifer would be required to apply for a permit and might also be charged a fee according to how much water is pumped, Armbrister said.
The bill requires a compromise from those seeking to protect the environment and from those who depend on the underground water source for drinking and irrigation, Armbrister said.
“Each of the interests involved in the negotiations about the Edwards really can say that they did get something,” Armbrister said.
The bill was expected to be heard in a Senate committee possibly at the end of this week.
The measure has the blessing of Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock.
“This bill is fair and strikes a good balance between all those who are users of the resource,” Bullock said. “This measure is the first one that stands a real chance of receiving Senate approval."
Environmentalists, invoking the federal Endangered Species Act, filed a lawsuit claiming too much pumping from the Edwards threatens plants and animals.
U.S. District Judge Lucius Bunton agreed, saying the amount of water pumped from the aquifer must be reduced by at least 60 percent.
Bulverde educator named GSD Teacher of the Year’
Melissa Lynn Hoekstra, art teacher at Bulverde Elementary School and Bill Brown Elementary School, has been named the Comal Independent School District’s Teacher of the Year for 1992-93.
The announcement was made this morning by Linda Swanson, principal of Bulverde Elementary.
Hoekstra grew up in the Bulverde area, attending Bulverde Elementary School, Bulverde Middle School and Smithson Valley High School, before earning her bachelor of science degree from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos.
Hoekstra said she thinks her great contribution to education is to motivate students and pro
vide them with challenging art experiences that help them build self esteem and develop their individuality.
“I feel that my most important job is Hotkstra to use art as the medium to teach my students to become confident, creative thinkers."
Hoekstra will be honored with a reception at 7 p.m. on May 24 at Smithson Valley High School, prior to the monthly board meeting. She will represent Comal 1SD in the Texas Teacher of-the-Year competition.
National Day of Prayer observed
By DAVID SULLENS Herald-Zeitung
The New Braunfels observance of the National Day of Prayer got under way at 7 a.m. today and will conclude at 7 p.m. with local churches assuming responsibility for portions of the observance throughout the day.
Activities centered on the gazebo on the downtown plaza.
Lakeside Baptist Church directed the 8-9 a.m. segment; Oakwood Baptist the 9-10 a.m. segment; St. John’s Episcopal 10-10:30 a.rn.; Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church 10:30-11 a.m.; homeschoolers ll a.m.-noon; Tree of Life Fellowship, noon-1 p.m.; New Braunfels Christian Academy 1-1:30 p.m.; New Braunfels Presbyterian Church 1:30-2 p.m.; Dayspring Christian Fellowship 2-3 p.m.; Mission Valley Bible Church, 3 4 p.m.; World Indigenous Missions 4-4:30 p.m.; First Protes tant Church 4:30-5 p.m.; Freedom Fellowship and Pentecostal of New Braunfels 5-6 p.m.
The observance will conclude with community prayer and praise from 6-7 p.m., Ralph Wall, one of the observance’s organizers, said.
A bilingual service will be held at the concert gazebo in Utnda Park from 6-8 p.m.
In that closing segment, Wall said, Carter Casteel will direct prayer for public officials, Dr. John Walker will direct prayer for the restoration of Biblical morality, and Melanie Oaks will direct prayer for the restoration of the sanctity of human life.
The local observance coincided with similar events throughout the nation.
The National Day of Prayer was first created under a joint resolution of Congress in 1952. That resolution calls for the designation of a specific day each year and that has been done every year.
The observance calls for participants to pray for specific national, state and local leaders at designated times throughout a 24-hour period.
In Comal County, those designated periods are: midnight-1 a m., U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith; 1-2 a.m., Comal County Sheriff Jack
Bremer; 2-3 a m., Gov. Ann Richards; 3-4 a.m., Police Chief Dick Headen; 4-5 a.m., the Cabinet of the President; 5-6 a m., the New Braunfels City Council; 6-7 a m., U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm; 7-8 a.m., State Rep. Edmund Kuempel; 8-9 a m., U.S. Supreme Court; 9-10 a.m., Vice President Al Gore; 10-11 a.m., Garden Ridge City Council; ll a.m.-noon, State Sen. Jeff Wentworth; noon-1 p.m., President Bill Clinton; 1-2 p.m., Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. J.R. Holder; 2-3 p.m. U.S. Sen. Bd) Krueger; 3-4 p.m., Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock; 4-5 p.m., New Braunfels City Manager Hector Tamayo and his staff; 5-6 p.m., the administration and teachers of the Comal Independent School District; 6-7 p.m., the administration and teachers of the New Braunfels Independent School District; 7-8 p.m., the Texas Supreme Court; 8-9 p.m., New Braunfels Fire Chief Philip Baker; 9- IO p.m., U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno; loll p.m., Texas Attorney General Dan Morales.
The ll p.rn.-midnight period has been set aside, Wall said, as a time “to listen to the Lord.”
StammtischNo Paper? Lotto
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, “Stammtisch* represents a sitting place reserved for a group of special people — ara time set aside for members of a community to gather and share the day's happenings. See more Stammtisch on page 6.
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Robin Suchy, Bill Rightmire, Jimmy Rheinlaender, Rosalio Dominguez IU and
Dorothy Bode. Belated Birthday wishes go to Sonny Luna 111.
Today is National Recognition Day for Nurses in appreciation of nursing students.
Nurses have formed a partnership with their patients for the purpose of improved health.
Comal County residents are asked to express their appreciation to nurses everywhere.
For more information about the national recognition effort, call Susan at Eden Home at 625-6291.We’re Sorry...
But bad weather and high waters caused many read ers to miss the Wednesday edition of trio New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. Readers who missed the newspaper will receive their editions today.
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