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SEPTEMBER 20,2011Herald ^Zeitung
SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS SINCE 1852
Rain soaks Comal County
Aquifer rises 5 feet, but doesn’t break drought
Thunderstorms dumped whcit might have seemed, in comparison, like a lot ot ram on the Comal County and New Braunfels areas over the weekend, but authorities say if was not enough to make a real difference.
"It was a goodly amount ot rain but not enough to break the drought," said Mark Brundrett, a forecaster with the New Braunfels National Weather Service. "We're going to have to have several mort' of th('se to have what we ( an call a regime change on the drought situation. It was good though, v(*ry much wc'lcomtv"
He said some areas of N('w Braunfels saw as little as trace amounts of rain on some days and other arcMS witnessed up to 1.^1 inch-c's. Brundrett forc'c ast slight chances of more rain for Thursday.
After that, he )r(‘dicted, the area will get )ack to its dry weather pattern.
Roland Ruiz, a spokesman with the Fdwards Acjuifer Authority, said levels in the main tc'st well from last Thursday to Monday rose about tive fec't, a significant boost but still not enough to lift water restrictions.
"Unfortunatc'ly, we've bc'en dry for so long that it's going to take a number of ram events like \,ve had this weekend to repc'at themselves a number ot times to get us out of this drought," Ruiz said. "We are still not anywhere near being able to say we can lift Stage II restrictions or that we are out of the drought. We regally need to see a change in the general weather patterns trom hot and dry to cool and wet."
See RAIN, Page 3
Cnpt Tom StH[)leton plinfo
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung reader Capt. Tom Stapleton took ttiis ptioto from his home on Oak Wind Street in the Oak Run Development, looking at the southern sky during Sunday night’s storm. To become a Herald-Zeitung iReporter, email your photos and breaking news stories to [email protected]
WHEN IT RAINS, IT POURS
Thunderstorms bring fire, power outages across Comal County
By Mondo Moultrie
I* hunderstorms brought more than just refreshing rainstorms to the area over the weekend.
Lightning strikes were blamed for at least two structure fires and a power outage in Comal County, officials said. And, the sight of the rain falling led one county official to consider lifting the current burn ban.
Darren Brinkko€‘ter, battalion chief at New Braunfels Fire Department, said investigators believe lightning caused a fire Saturday aftern(X)n at a home in the 2100 block of Dragon Trail. He said the department got the call about 1:15 p.m. and when they arnv ed crews discovered the attic smoking.
A hand-held fire extinguisher was enough for the flames, and crews removed smoldering material from the top of the house, Brinkkoeter said. He said investigators noted that some breakers were
a We seriously considered lifting the burn ban for a short time since we’ve had a burn ban for so long."
Sherman Krause I County Judge
tripped and they attributed it all to a lightning strike. About 1 :.iO p.m. Saturday, fire crews responded to a trailer on a ranch off Eagle's Peak Drive in (Canyon Lake, said Wayne Ellington, the county fire marshal. He said the fire destroyed the contents of the home and the c ause, apparently, was a lightning strike.
Ellington said while crews bat-tlcKf the blaze, lightning continue to strike the surrounding area.
"It was a bad lighttiing ordeal," he said.
Gretchen Reuwer, communications manager for New Braunfels Utilities, said a lightning strike Sunday night at the company's L(K)p 337 substation tripped circuits and caused about 2,000 customers to lose electricity on Wald Road, Farm-to-Market Road 1763 and
surrounding areas. Th(* first calls came in about 7:45 p.m. and power was restorc'd about 8:30 |).m. to all the customers, she said.
Thinking the welcomed ram might have brought enough of a respite for the measure, County judge Sherman Krause said he c on-siderc*ci lifting the burn ban.
"We seriously considert'd lifting the burn ban for a short time sinc e we've had a l)urn ban for so long," he said. "With the sunny and brc-ezy conditions we're exfwx ting over the next several days, evc'n though the ground might still have soniC' mois-turc‘ in it, the fuel, or the dry grass, is still going to Ix' dry and still susceptible to fire. So we dcn.ick'd to le,we the l)urn ban in place."
Ellington said the l)an has be^m in effect since Feb. 25. He and Krause said residents could use a couple lian-free days to rid their properties of growing mounds of trash, brush and other refuse.
Krause considered lifting the ban for two days. "But even though we got the rain, the conditions just don't warrant lifting the ban."
COMAL COUNTY FAIR SCHEDULE
■ 5 p.m. — Fairgrounds open
■ 6 p.m.-midniglit — Carnival
■ 8 a.m. — Exhibit Halls open for entries
■ 9 a.m. — Bai}y Barnyard and Baby Ctiicks; Mobile Dairy Classroom
■ 5 p.m. — Fairgrounds open
■ 5-10p.m. —Food courts
■ 6-11:45 p.m. — Midway, carnival
■ 6-11 p.m. — Corral, Night in Old New Braunfels
■ 9 a.m.-9 p.m. — Baby Barnyard and Baby Chicks; Mobile Dairy Classroom; Pouttry exhibits; Home and Heritage; Wildlife and Shoebox Float
■ MO p.m.— Exhibits open
■ 6-11:45 p.m. —Carnival
■ 8 p.m.-midnight — Corral, Clint Taft and Buck Wild Band
■ 11 a.m. — Fairgrounds open
■ lOa.m.-lOp.m. —HomeSi Heritage; Wildlife and Shoebox Roat Exhibits open
■ 11 a.m.-11:45 p.m. — Carnival
■ Noon-10 p.m. — Baby Barnyard and Baby Chicks; Poultry exhibits; Mobile Dairy Classroom; Home Depot Kids Workshop
■ Noon-6:30 p.m. —Master Gardeners
■ 1-4 p.m. — Corral, Local High School Bands perform
■ 2 p.m. — Livestock Arena, Lamb Show
■ 4 -4:30 p.m. — Corral, All-Star Elite Cheerteading
■ 5:30-7:30 p.m.-Corral, Willie’s Karaoke
■ 7:15 p m. — Rodeo Arena, Kids Rodeo Clown Contest
■ 7;S) p.m. — PRCA Rodeo
■ 8 p.m.-midnight — Corral, Straight Shot Band
8 a.m, • Fairgrounds open 8:30-10:30 a,m.-4-H Food Challenge 11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Pizza Eating Contest 10 a.m.-noon-Family Zone,
1 p.m. - Family Zone, Kiddie Tractor Pull
5:30-8:30 p.m. • Corral, Jeremy Richards Band
7:30 p.m. ■ Rodeo Arena, PRCA Rodeo
9 p.m.-l a.m. - Corral, Gary Glenn and the Twenty X Band
NBISD BOARDCosts cut in building of middle
I he Herald Zeifunq Th(‘ New Braiintels IS!) s( hool board on Monda\ hc.ird an updat<*d report on wi)stew<itcr ( osis assof lat ('(1 with the $ P.” million middle m hool S( h('dult“d to opc'n next vc\ir
NBISI) Sup(’rint(‘n(l(*nt Kandv Mo( zvgctnba said he's optiniistK ih.il the dis tri( t will he able to rei (>up nearly 5,()()() ot ( osf^ ,)ss()( ialf'd with the c omplt*-tion ot a litt si.ition .hkI sewage linc'S leading Irom th(* fa( ilit\' to IreatfDcnt pi,int.
Mo( /v gemba s.nd he h.is m(‘t with developers ,tiul otiic lals trom the (luadalupc' Hl.iiu <) River Authoi ity r(‘garding alle\ i.iting some ol those ; osts, uhic h were-iiK luded in th(* distri( t's utililN estimate. \B1S! )'s share ot the lifl st.ition IS .ibout and
itie (iBRA's c oniiec tion tee tot.ils $ I I lo\\e\er,
\toc /\ genii),1 s,ii(l lie is working uith the (k've!op(*r and (iBRA to sluHilik'r those ( osts and that < ompletion ol the litt station will iiappen s( )on.
"NI’ISl), the (levt'loper and ( jBRA have reac hed a prelimin,ir\ .igre(‘nieiit," \io( /\gemb<) said, "(iBKA is taking tht' int(irmatM»n to thc'ir h(lard <»n \Vednes(la\, ,)nd thf' d(‘V('lo()er and the NBISI) ar(' in agreemei'!.
"We \ e got ( ontiat ts b('ing writt('n bv the altor-iK'VS. Basi'd on ,ip[)ro\al bv th(‘ (¡BKA .md llu' linal ( on-tr.Rt .approval In our b(>ar(l \\(’'ll be rc'adv to go."
iXtiK /\g(‘mba .111(1 \(^IS[) busitK'ss m<in.ig(*r Steve Brown said work to lii' Tt llu' litt station will be (i. m-pk'ted within da\s ot ;;ie linali/ation ot all c ontrat ts.
rh(‘ sufH'rintendent onK r('vu'wed tiu' situation, whic h didn't reijuirt' a( tion 1)\ th(> board.
Trustees could vote' on that ( ontrac t duiing then ()c t. 1" mc'c'ting.
See NBISD. Page 3
SIMON R , THIRD GRADE RAHE BULVERDE ELEMENTARY
IVIostly sunny, more mild
Higti: 93 Low: 65
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Comal County Fair court
Jessie Siateli photo
Ttie 2011 Comal County Fair Court tias been announced: Kendall Fox, front middle, is queen, Tara Schactit, front right, is princess; and Morrigan Land, front left, is duchess Also shown is ttie outgo ing court. In the back from left, are f\/likayla Mays, duchess; Flaley Graves, queen, Demi Felgar, princess; and CCFA President Ruthie Pe'Vey Kneupper.
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