New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 14, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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County jail inmates begin cleanup work on Lewis Creek
By DAVID DEKUNDER
well,” Scheel said. “I am pleased with the rate the project is progressing.”
He said when he was at Le^is Creek on Tuesday, the prisoners made substantial progress in clearing the debris in a little more than a few minutes.
“We are taking the undergrowth of the creek and shredding it,” Scheel said. “There are some areas we need to do with control bums. The fire marshal (Milton Willmann) has agreed to have a fire truck standing by so we don’t endanger anybody else’s property. We will bum the dry stuff and the large stuff accumulated against the trees.” Scheel said he hoped the Twin Creeks area cleanup would take 60 days.
Once debris from die Twin Creeks subdivision is cleared, Scheel said, the crew would cross FM 1863 and starting clearing the creek bed in the Oak Village North subdivision.
J.O. Haney, Jr., who went door to door obtaining agreements from
homeowners, said the residents were that would be great.” happy something was being done. Haney said the heavy rains in June
“They wanted to eliminate the were not the flood’s only causes,
possibility of flooding,” Haney said. “All the brush and the debris
“The creek is grown up with cedar, caused it to back up,” Haney said. “It
It (flooding) went to tjic comer of was five to six feet higher than
our house. Everybody said if they normal. The debris was flowing,
came in and cleaned up the brush There was so much growth during
the last few years. The cedar tress that grew made a forest that you couldn’t walk through in some instances.”
Another Twin Creeks homeowner, George Bums, allowed the county to use his property to enter and exit Lewis Creek.
Bums said when the county asked his permission to work on his property, he did not hesitate.
“It is the neighborly thing to do,” Bums said. “That is why I live in Bulverde and Comal County, because we are all neighbors. We help each other out.”
Workers from the county’s inmate work program began clearing brush and debris from Lewis Creek on Tuesday.
The inmates will work for at least two months cleaning up debris, undergrowth and trees that contributed to the flooding of Lewis Creek in June. Floodwater filled homes in the Oak Village North and Twin Creeks subdivisions.
With permission of about a dozen property owners, the county’s inmates started work along the banks of the creek in the Twin Creeks subdivision, off Farm-to-Market 1863.
The cleanup now is focused on Lewis Creek beginning at the Cibolo Creek and working toward the FM 1863 bridge.
Commissioner Danny Scheel said the project was off to a good start.
“I think it is going exceptionally
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