New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 17, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
City, river authority study flood warning systems
By Ron Maloney
Right now, if the Guadalupe River were to rear up and flood the city just as it did two years ago today, the best defense would be flood warnings broadcast through news media.
A system of sensors on the Guadalupe and in the county helps the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority and the National Weather Service predict a flash flood. The system could
be expanded soon as more money becomes available.
But right now, Comal County has no siren or public address system to broadcast a Civil Defense-style signal to be heard around the city.
Looking at options
New Braunfels Fire Chief Jack Collier, also the city’s emergency management coordinator, says the city is looking into an emergency system to
warn residents of potential trouble between Canyon Dam and downtown.
“We’re investigating the costs and particulars of installing an early warning system,” Collier said. “It’s something we’d like to get in place in
the event of a significant flood, tornado, hazardous material problem or any other emergency."
Such a system could prove invaluable if people needed to be evacuated or ordered to stay out of a potentially hazardous environment, he said.
“We’re looking at it, and we’d like to move along these lines,” Collier said. “The city council has expressed its desire to move in this area.”
Traffle flow changing at NBHS Wednesday
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
New Braunfels ISD will conduct a dedication ceremony on Wednesday declaring Oct. 18,2000, as Traffic Safety Recognition Day at New Braunfels High School.
District officials will recognize state and local authorities who have worked together to increase traffic safety near New Braunfels High School.
State Sen. Jeff Wentworth, State Rep. Edmond Kuempel and Texas Department of Transportation District Engineer John Kelly will speak at the ceremony. District officials also will dedicate a new traffic signal, a safety con
trol arm and a new traffic flow pattern to the school.
TxDOT officials indicate the traffic signal should be operational by the end of the school day on Wednesday. Therefore, the traffic flow pattern will change at the high school in the afternoon.
NBISD Superintendent Ron Reaves has sent home letters to all parents with students at New Braunfels High School explaining the new traffic pattern. He also conducted an informational evening meeting on Oct. 2 with students and a meeting with parents on Oct. IO.
For information call the district’s public information officer at 643-5720.
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Second rabid bat found on Seele campus
By Ron Maloney
Seele Elementary School officials learned Monday a second bat found at the New Braunfels campus tested positive for rabies.
Seele Principal Cris Vasquez said the bat, which was dead, was found near the school’s cafeteria parking lot early Friday morning by an 11 -year-old boy.
“A child came in to me and told me he’d seen a bat out there. That he didn’t touch it was the first thing we were concerned about,” Vasquez said. “He told us he hadn’t.... We called animal control; they picked it up and took it for testing ” On Monday, Texas Department of Health employees informed New Braunfels Independent School District officials that the bat was rabid.
That finding came after another bat, determined to be rabid, was found Oct. 4 on the back wall of the library.
Three other bats confirmed to be rabid have been found in New Braunfels during the past month.
Rabies is a virus-caused, fatal disease that infects the central nervous system of humans and other mammals.
Stephanie Ferguson, public information officer with the NBISD, said “The teachers, the principal and all the school personnel have educated children well enough at Seele that they know to stay away from wildlife when they’re outside.”
Vasquez said district officials were investigating to determine whether the bats were nesting someplace at Seele. She said no such place had been found.
A Texas Department of Health official this past week said this was the time of year that rabid bats most often were found and the number of sightings was not a cause for alarm.
New Braunfels Animal Control can be reached at 608-2183. Comal County Animal Control can be reached at 608-2016.
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Concert Master Philip Johnson of the Mid-Texas Symphony entertains fourth- and fifth-grade students from Seele Elementary Monday at the New Braunfels Civic Center. The symphony performed its annual children’s concert and will be in Seguin today. The performances are cosponsored by the Cedlia Young Willard Helping Fund.
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“There are still scars. But we ’re doing great.”
Rob Puetz^ Summerwood subdivision resident
Flood of memories
OCTOBER 17, 1998 FLOOD
Miguel Angel Luna Reyes, 6 Frank Smith, 77 Donald Bourquin, 62 Robert Scholz, 80 Homes Affected
Federal Emergency Management Agency Oct. 17-18,1998, flood Comal County ,•2,153 applications for assistance processed from Comal County •2,501 people seen at Disaster Recovery Center, 111W. Garden St.
• More than $20,600,000 disbursed in disaster assistance (rental housing, repairs, transient accommodations, etc.), in Comal County
316 homes, $12,822,000
89 businesses, $7,169,000
Sources: Federal Emergency Management Agency; Small Business Administration
Rob Puetz leans against a tree that was damaged in the Oct. 17,1998, flood, which swept through Summerwood subdivision. Residents in Summerwood were among the hardest hit in the flood.
Summerwood residents heed 1998’s lessons
By Jennifer Rodriguez
Only trees gnarled out of shape and confused into growing sideways and one or two homes left to heal on their own reveal much about what the flood of 1998 did to the Summerwood subdivision.
A person with exacting attention to detail might be able to pick up on some subtle clues inside the homes: walls decorated with current pictures; sparse knick-knack shelves; flags, stuffed animals, and paintings with unusually placed water marks, all looking well-loved.
But the flood that rushed upon New Braunfels residents two years ago today did more than leave behind a waterlogged wake of mud-caked homes and lost pos-
By the time the water receded, a solidarity trait had floated to the top and helped define the community’s personality.
“People really reached out,” Summerwood resident Lisa Brucks said. “You found out who your friends were, and you met new friends, and the friends they brought. We really have gotten close.”
Residents in the small neighborhood do See NEIGHBORS