New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 23, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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NEWS MURDER CASE
Police have charged a 17-year-old with murder in the stabbing death Saturday of a 22-year-old man. Page 3A
SPORTS HINNY OUT?
Drew Henson might be the Dallas Cowboys' starting quarterback Thursday against Chicago. Page 7A
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mmmmm4 rescued from raging waters
Motorist swept into river after Suburban stalls; 2 firefighters added to rescue after boat sinks
Rescue workers discuss the best way to retrieve Joe Burrow, a 27 year-old Houston man who got stuck on the roof of Rockin R River Rides after the Guadalupe River forced him to higher ground. Burrow and his wife were in New Braunfels on their honeymoon. While taking a walk to view the swollen Guadalupe River, he stopped to help Rockin R staff collect then endangered equipment. When the river rose too quickly for him to get to safety, Burrow climbed on top of the roof of the business.Rising waters add a thrill to
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New Braunfels firefighter/paramedics Bill Remling, left, and MiguelTronoso try to warm up inside an ambulance after the two were rescued Monday morning from the Dry Comal Creek.Their boat became wrapped around a tree as the two were attempting to rescue a motorist swept away by fast moving water at a low-water crossing on Solms Road.
By Ron Maloney
A swift water rescue Monday nearly went very bad for two firefighters when flood currents wrapped their boat around an oak tree in Dry Comal Creek.
The firefighters and a 24-year-old woman they were attempting to rescue were pulled unharmed from the creek off Solms Road after a two-hour effort.
New Braunfels Fire Department Battalion Chief Frank Gonzales said the situation developed when the woman, whose name he did not know, drove her Suburban into a low water crossing just after 9 a.m.
initially, she stayed with her stalled vehicle. But as water rose around her, she abandoned it, got swept downstream, caught tree branches and held on — in water above her shoulders.
From fire fighting to water rescue
At the time, firelighters were extinguishing a lightning-caused blaze in a garage at the end of Cedar Grove.
Because of the weather, the number of calls and anticipated flooding trouble, the fire department called in 12 extra firefighters Monday, and the New Braunfels Police Department brought its night shift in early. In addition, Gonzales said, Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter, Assistant Fire Marshal Bubba Conran, Investigator Brett Neeley and the training division went on shift duty.
“We went into the rescue with Thick I, EMS 2, Rescue I and nine firefighters," Gonzales said.
Driving Rescue I, towing the fire department’s lone swift water rescue boat, were firefighter/paramedics Miguel TYoncoso and Bill Remling. Both men usually work EMS I, but with the fire, there was no one else to take the rescue truck.
Most firefighters are trained in water rescue techniques.
Water slams boat into tree
Troncoso and Remling put the boat in the water and made their way toward the victim.
It was while trying to navigate down the swift stream toward the woman that the boat slammed sideways into an oak tree and was wrapped around it.
“We breached the boat,” Ironcoso said. Both men clambered into the
See RESCUE, Page 3A
honeymooners’ morning walk
By Scott Mahon
Joe and l usde Burrow’s honeymoon was more exciting than they anticipated after Joe found himself stranded on a rooftop Monday on the Comal River.
Alter getting married in Baytown last Friday, the I louston couple spent their honeymoon at the Ci nene Mansion Inn.
At about 8:30 a.m. Monday, the couple walked down to the Gruene Bridge to survey the Guadalupe River. Unable to cross the bridge, they found a way around and ended up on the other side of the river at Rockin R River Ride.
By that time, the waters of the Guadalupe River had begun to flood Rockin R’s storage building near the river.
“Joe saw some of our guys trying to See STRANDED, Page 3A
vehicles plowing through it created
sprays higher than the roofs of the cars.
So many roads were closed, crews ran out of barricades
By Ron Maloney
Schools and many offices closed early, and officials reported so many roads closed that they ran out of barricades late Monday morning as torrential rains pound ed Comal County.
And in the wake of heavy morn ing rains, safety officials were warily watching weather conditions throughout the night Monday.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Pat McDonald reported widespread rainfalls in the Comal
County area of five to six inches, with some reports in excess of eight inches.
“T hat s just since sunrise,’’ McDonald said.
Rain was expected to taper off overnight in some forecast models. In others, it could continue into this morning.
Late Monday, County Judge Danny Scheel and emergency management officials said that based on the best estimates of die
See HEAVY RAINS, Page 5A
■ There were
some tense moments, but no deaths reported in city. SA
■ Both school districts sent their students home early. 4A
m The list of streets and roads that closed was long. SA
f§ 15 motorists were trapped by high water in Seguin. 4A
m Weather bad
across the state. 4A