New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 6, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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TV GRIDSOutfitters report strong Labor Day weekend
By Ron Maloney
At Mountain Breeze campground on the Guadalupe River, owner Paul Rich remembers how helpful the Salvation Army was after the 2002 flood heavily damaged his business and much of the property along River Road.
This weekend, he was asking his customers to do whatever they could to support the Salvation Army,
the American Red Cross and the other organizations working to bring relief to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Up and down the river, local businesspeople and outfitters reported a good — if not super — holiday weekend. They also shared Rich’s concerns for those hurt or displaced by the storm and subsequent flood likely to go down as this country’s greatest natural disaster.
“I’m happy with the weekend,
although there’s no way it’s a record," said Rich. “All of our thoughts are with the people in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. We’re fortunate to have any business and fortunate to be where we are. We’ve had two natural disasters in seven years, but nothing like this. There’s no one in even our area who has not been touched by this disaster.”
In all, Rich said his business has enjoyed a great year. It isn’t difficult, he said, to remember years where it
wasn’t so — like in 2002 when the summer was wiped out by the flooding over the Fourth of July.
“We were in this boat three years ago and the Salvation Army was there for us,” Rich recalled. “I ve told all of our customers this weekend to do whatever they can do. A lot of people have been hurt.”
Katrina and its aftermath caused significant cancellations, Rich said.
See WEEKEND, Page 2
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A young woman splashes down the Guadalupe River Monday.
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Labor Day ; locally, see weekend, j Page 2. working overtime to provide relief to evacuees in New Braunfels and San Antonio.
Oakwood Baptist Church joined with Bluebonnet Ford and Rush Fjiterprises to collect clothing and other supplies needed by victims of Hurricane Katrina who have settled in New Braunfels.
Mary Ford, a member of Oakwood, joined other volunteers who worked throughout the weekend to collect the supplies. As a seeming non-stop line of cars stopped by to unload supplies, Ford said she was amazed.
“It’s phenomenal,” she said. “People are so good. They’re separating their clothes, the clothes have been cleaned. It s phenomenal.”
Ford said the combined effort between the church, Bluebonnet Ford and Rush Enterprises was working first to help evacuees stranded in New Braunfels and then those in San Antonio. Sunday, enough supplies were collected to take a semi-tractor full of supplies to the Windsor Park Mall
One week after storm, levee break is plugged
A CONSTANT FLOW OF AID
Residents line up to donate food, clothes
By Doug Simpson
Associated Press Writer
Photos by MANDY REARY^Herald-Zeitung
Amanda Joseph, a sophomore at New Braunfels High School, spent her Monday off of school collecting clothes for hurricane and flood victims at the Helping Hands from Texas donation center at Bluebonnet Ford. Below, Judd Rogers donated brand new hats,T-shirts and Frisbees.
in San Antonio. Most of the supplies collected Monday were going to stay in New Braunfels.
“We’re hoping to help out as many evacuees as possible,’’ Ford said. “We talked to groups at Best Western and Rodeway Inn this morning, they’re going to come get some stuff they need to get started. We’ve had so many people come up and say what do you need’ and they come back later with diapers, clothes and anything else we need.’’
The rush of people dropping off supplies was so great, the volunteers were unable to keep up as boxes of supplies piled up outside two trucks being loaded up.
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NEW ORLEANS, La.—Aweek after Hut-I ricane Katrina, engineers plugged the levee I break that swamped much of the city and I floodwater^ began to recede, but along with I the good news came the mayor’s direst pre-j diction yet: As many as 10,000 dead.
Louisiana officials said Monday after-I noon that sheets of metal and repeated hel-i icopter drops of 3,000-pound sandbags I along the 17th Street canal leading to Lake I Ponchartrain succeeded in plugging a 200-, toot wide gap. aud watei wa* Ueimi pumped from the canal back into the Take.
Once the canal level is drawn down about two feet, Pumping Station 6 can start pumping water out of New Orleans on a limited capacity.
Some parts of the city showed slipping floodwater as the repair neared completion, with the low-lying Ninth Ward dropping more than a foot. In downtown New Orleans, some streets were merely wet rather than swamped.
“We’re starting to make the kind of progress that I kind of expected earlier, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said even before the plug of the break, which opened up a day after the hurricane and flinted 80 percent of the city up to 20 feet deep.
The good news came as many of the 460,000 residents of suburban Jefferson Parish waited in a line of cars that stretched for miles to briefly see their flooded homes,
See LEVEE, Page 2
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For police and firefighters, holidays are a labor of love
By Ron Maloney
More than IOO years ago, the first Monday in September was set aside to recognize — and reward — the American worker.
Labor Day, first established by the labor movement in New York City, was first celebrated Sept. 5, 1882. By 1884, it had migrated to the first Monday — and to industrial centers across the United States.
But not every worker gets Labor Day off. To those who protect the public — police, deputies, firefighters and the people who dispatch them — the worker’s holiday is just another day. In New Braun-
“It’s part of the job, and like everyone, I knew when I got hired Id be working holidays/’
— Rick Edwards
New Braunfels firefighter
fels, with Labor Day being the last of summer’s three big holiday tourism weekends, it’s another very busy day.
New Braunfels Fire Capt. Rick Edwards said Labor Day is not a slow one for police, firefighters or paramedics. Firefighters don’t get to just sit around the firehouse.
“There’s always something to do. We have a holiday routine
where we check our trucks to make sure they’re prepared,’’ said Edwards, who works at the city' s central firestation downtown. “We don’t do training or some of the other normal things we do Monday through Saturday — we just stay prepared to respond to calls.” By early afternoon, Monday’s workload was about typical, Edwards said.
“We’re usually busier anyway, because theres more people in town, more people off work and more people just driving around the community doing things like shopping and enjoying the river,” he said. “It usually starts picking up around 2 p.m.”
Working the holidays your shift
lands on goes with the program in the fire service, Edwards said.
“It s part of the job, and like everyone, I knew when I got hired I d be working holidays,” said Edwards, a 12-year veteran firefighter. “I think most people who come into the fire service come in with their eyes wide open.”
In some regard, it can be tougher on families, but Edwards said the unique 24-hour shift of a firefighter offers its own benefits.
“We have other days off on our 24-hours-on. 48-off schedule that allows us to do other things with our families,” he said.
It can’t be all bad. Edwards’ son,
See LABOR, Page 2
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New Braunfels Firefighter Robert Stephenson checks his equipment at the Central Station Monday afternoon.WWIV.beheardblog.COm