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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 24, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Herald /wluny Ne# Braun!*-*> Texas    <    buy    WI    May®    3ASurvivors digout from beneath aftermathWest texas tornado Saturday killed at least 30 people and injured some 120 plus SARAGOSA, 'texas 'Alo A lor nark) flattened this tiny town in remote West Texas Friday night killing at least :«>, injuring mote than 120 rid trapping people attending kind*! garden graduation ceremony inside a community tiuildiog of finals said then- is no strut lure left iii town, Department of Public* Safety spokesman David Wells said curly Saturday The stone building filled with r> yr*.ii olds arid th* ii parents .(tendingthe eereinoriy There may he more fatalities in (Infields ,ui rounding (tie area hut rescue workers wen- having Double finding them heeause oi th* darkness Wells said “They were hav ing a kinder gat ten graduation and about too people wen-inside the building.'’ said Jo.-a Rodriguez, of Saiagosa wtio wa , the cerrnony in the predominant I. Ifispanie town ll was in a rom munity * enter I Ins is tile worst thing I ever ,a in my life he said in broker. Anglish “Almost all th* house n town th** storm just picked ’hem up ” Ro'lnguez managed to fie** th* building before the tornado tut -md ; .lid ti*- ausu t sure- how mao peopi* had in en trapp**d inside The town is gone an mad* a titled amateur radio operator aid about the community of I Ha re ideo' . alMiut I'M* mile-.east of I-1 Paso Dm office in Pecos said there anat I* . i , * people den I arid sevei juries ’ Department of Public Safe!*, spokesman Mike Cox said Ire town is without power the roads ire imp; able and hav* *-p if af people trapped inside Sara go* a Hull ' “w»* .aw (lie tornado, watch*-J a grow    said -Johnny    Morgan lf    rn Mid * . Aho wa- driving bv iowi 'ti his family I mo sh* * t tm darnag* Buildings wet* Hat tened    < ars wen*    strewn ab»j*ii Power lie*-1 a* led IAH A we watched it tin* tornado stem became wider and wider u *larkei As we got to the edgr a Sarago a I really became fi igM- - - * bv it said Morgan, who wa riot < jure**I md was aiding rescue effort at bit- Reeves< ounty Hospital -Jan Knott, assistant adinmist a a af 'ha!    hospital, sal    I that -it ie    r    Mi people    were taken    theft md    1 moo were expected ‘Ihere are Mi injure** arid I ti not Men notified *h:it wi* in* rn Survivor tells tale of terror, trapped as wall falls PM.'OS, Texas 'AP Thorn,. Martinez was going to give the , ;; dr*- at a graduation of Head t preschoolers in Saragosa hr rn,, night I didn t get to do any speech* tie .-aid from a hospital bed in rn arm Pecos ‘i'm just glad I rn alive lilt- Vt year old cotton farm wm Se* *>at near the stage in the comr an it building where the graduation for youngsters wa getting start.*-wit* daughter and grand da .. were seated in the audience va*rne guy came running in jumped up on the stage an*! g mb* d his kid People started v* rn g Theft s a tornado coming M i. tinez said I jumped off inc sr. a, g< • t (amil* and we got against the wail everybody was trying to * . ape Something fell on my hack and realized I was trapped underneath the wall “ Martinez and his daughter hi -dm Garcia, and hoi (laughter Amy were trapped in a cavity in the collapsed wall for what he aid -.cerned like t wo hours They yelled and could heal people digging and searching Finally, through a hole he saw * friend Wes Elliott and yelled to nun to get a jack to get the wall ult ins back Martinez hand was trapped under the concrete wall and (us tinge! were numb arid his back was geeing numb it s a scary feeling lieu g t upped likettiat Mal I nez said He said he could hear other people who were trapped calling for help Elliott and other res* ue woi kt s which included friend* and re alive eventually got a jack and we e able to lift the wall enough so hi could get his hand free “There was a hole and I pus tied tov granddaughter nu* ire I ( raw <: out md people y V- nu oat *• said Martinez said his house* and pickup were wiped out “We lost everything but f rn thankful all my family is alive I think I can rebuild longer receiving injured people “ to-said fox said at least another fib injured people were still at th* scene Russ K y IeI assistan! a*1 nnnisti .itoi at Medical renter Hospital iii Odessa about 70 mile , away .aid tie bad been told to expect as many as 60 people ‘ The hospital at Ic* o will* ti i about 20 miles away is all beyond • apa* tty,' Kyle* said Ketui County Red Cr o s spokeswoman Katheiine Stockton ..ud Reeves < ounty aultioriti* had a ked for <ots water blanket-- and other aid because of lh*- Jinni'., ex tensive damage 'lh* tornado hit at H 20 p rn sink mg ground we. J of nearby t'alrnorhea then east of that town md then sum* k in I tie middle of a agosa a few iii ;«■ -1*» the north, tfit* aloma! Weather Serviee aid I .- .rue units from throughout the an a w*-i*- b«*mg sent t*» the scene • ox said It probably wip«*d out the whole town," said Tommy King a sheriff 4*rgrant in Heightening Ward < nun tv I tie Red * mss was prepai mg near by schools for people left homeless bv the storm The .>t or in was moving inn inca-.* toward Fort Stockton and th** weather ser -ic*- reported that funnel • lauds had been sigil ted within zn r ules of Hi*- town Torecaster said ter however that the 'oho ap j eared to be dissipating Meanwhile heavy thunder .(nims dump* I marble and goiioaii size hail :t inches deep rn ii Whitefa* * -ai* 15 miles a*-    <    I ibbock lh** kl**y County sheriff - deputie fiestroy«*d try a twister th at tut un* x [reeled! v I i iday night “At tins point we're ;pecifically requesting dimafinn , of morn-; be* ause of the devastating nature of this “ said Michelle Fail with the Am* rican Red Cross in Austin lf going to Ire eeonomii ally bald I or 'ta-town to g*-t ba* k on its feet I'eople can make pl**dge ttirougii a national toll free number woo i d ‘MOO, Ms Fail .aid Those wanting in formation about (tie victims im call 112 92K 4271 die aid Volunteer (min ttiree Salvation Army emergency disaster urn?, traveled to the vc en* to help ae! -Salvation Army of Texas spokesman Roo < arr in I ballas Groups ti nm Midland Odessa ail Angelo and Rig spring began disj,ending food blankets and refr» hmenU Herald Zeiiung IM >i / HHb ■ I .    , I 'I tor IU.;,nit Ah    I ti IO .I I • in,-, XI limy, I i m >i ti 171 rh A- . a t  ......(    Mu    .<p i •Hint! \1<(,WI MU I ti,. I-, ii Mn lh,j, > • \intl. * t Eh i t alation Mumtye t M, [•MU I > IHA it lit i ( m. p. tin,I I >r< ihitf> t.i A IL HEI /’<-    ■ nn, }• -if, mu•' I.hi.;    i tnt lls J HI I    I • it.,inn, it I. UA I A >A TEH ■, ,»!/<* * tnt,fur /ml// a HIS SH J a ports EM it rn Auh,, 11 fit tun Hutt , InciuMt i 'ip/,In abit auh % tau i ut r,, r 11, ti « ry    in < ama* UuuMui-1 >    Hi, i,    Utah- ‘I ii'1 t A* adm ■    lu'it’ii (ti ret    months SJI    * '    .    -• ti > ill* - «,    -ut    v* sr. it, ll,, In • . ' • •/• I ill! al til i, ’i t y, Jeztti t ll 11 I I, Hilt Hi. Slit I J, S’X month*. - St • vt ti**', $h3 73 Mo,I ca tilde it us ,.j- month*. $1*2, ant y* ar Sit It f,iu A. *    •• * rut ,.<l Voui it, i, if nip* r hn ady pm Tut inlay to resKlent.s and rescuers, < arr said Clothing gro*enes and financial help * un ta- offered through local >alvation Army office- h*- -ald Ruben Bonilla of < orpus t'hristi chairman of th* Mexican American Democrat*, encourged Texans especially Hispanics to help tii#-..arage-a survivors Mo I 'rf til* approximately UM member ■ bi* community were Hi p.nil* mil rnigi ant farm worker VV* must help this small corn rn Milt, is so isolated we mo help these people build their horn* ,na! ii- tm fur*- their lives ” said Jioriitla wt*) was attending th*- an riuat ((invention rif (tie League of i ruled Latin American < iti/ere. in Midland about lob mile away \t Balmorhea High s* ti**ol 'inly a few mile. from Sarago .a the Red ( mss set up I'M blanket and pillow lied* on a gymnasium fl»*or -*r»*"f sorted mounds of donated blunket-, and to*Kl iri the bleacher At '» p rn Saturday only three families hart signed up for tit* shelter but Red Cross official*, ex [>e* ted many mon- by Sunday Volunteers also were * rig meals in th*- school cafeter ta ar in bs' *tf hospital admission and [ample found and OK we:* po ted near th*- entrance The tiny West Texas hamlet that was destroyed when a tornado wept through is a small farming communi ty of atKiut IHS [ample most of whom ar* Hispanic and migrant farm WO* Her s lf you blinked you d mc it aid Mary Ka/eil who work. at a Tort Stockton funeral home durn! ** un IkkIk-s were taken after the F'ri day rngiil disaster It a real small small town ’’ Virtually no structure was left standing after 'ti*- devastating tw ister stru* k af H 2b p rn CDI Department of nubile Safety ,}K»k* -.mar, (/avid Well' said early Saturday Gov Bin Clement expressing rn* orrow to vie tirr sot th** aragosa tor nado Ria! kl led '/) j*«*ple and injured *21 Saturday pl*-*lg»*d all possible help the state * an give Resident -Jo e f(r*driguez said almost a1! th* tf,wri * buddings w**re flattened by th*- twister including a large stone community building in win* ti ar. undetermined number of people gathered for a pr*-kindergarten graduation ceremony iii** storm was among «* .nit- <jf aden a* thundei atm rn:-. )r*-n< tars tt •• o-tn half *>f th*-    t , [-I,, ,,    tj»«. .’ii- i >eI v tee s; el W i alhet Sp* it I * i . icpotled a to I i -ado in Cochran < ounty about four mile* southeast of Whiteface hut ta riff > dispatcher Sieve Dunn said rn ii j rn age w as i epoi fed I ti* wm t angle tornado in lexu ti i st in , tin Wuhita halls on April lo !*♦«'» The destruction hi left 42 dead i Db ii r J iii *-<!    *»v<-i I o*»«i tiornes <1***1 rove*! and damage of appiox i rn ately I4*jo million Ari estimated _*> oho [it-o[j|»* wt ie left hornet*-- ti, that >toi u. SA HAGOS A Texas 'Al* Tie- * an went *rui nationwide Saturday for donations t«» h*-!p survivor of a Out tornado that * early leveled tm -1 * mote West I caum nm rn undy Author Hies said »- people were I ll! • •*1 CZI [a -ipi* ill|*Jf rot amt atmid HO (»eri rtii <rt in*- buildings in the town Summer savings for everyone! CAMPSHIRTS TANK TOPS SHORTS La* n Novelty prints on tanks. and on men s tee shirts. Surf shorts in every size. in the brightest patterns and prints. Same goes for campshirts for kids, juniors and misses snd J in vivid solid colors, too. Don't forget Coronaa tanks for men and ladies, and tee shirts rn f r thCj n en I Pfv/nnrr i I any red-tagged items. I I Present this coupon with your purchase. Any i I red taaqe : ti ms wrili rprpi,.,*2 tup disco int * OPEN REGULAR STORE HOURS ON MEMORIAL DAY PHONE 625-4317 P*.. »    on    , .*0 oaf#* S*!« (Jo#* P »* rti;* ion, Ult! 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