CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1998 |
"So many little miracles" is how American Red Cross volunteer Simona Kreitzman described her 10 days in Del Rio, Texas, where Tropical Storm Charley wreaked havoc last month. Kreitzman, who runs One Stop Videos Brokers in Canoga Park, has volunteered three weeks each year with the Red Cross since 1989. She returned from Texas on Sunday.
August 28, 1998 |
Rescuers searched for bodies amid fears that the local death toll from Monday's flash floods in Del Rio, Texas, and nearby Mexico could rise significantly, officials said. About 13 people are known dead, but 50 more remain unaccounted for. Reports from aerial searches of the Rio Grande said "numerous" bodies had been spotted downstream from Del Rio, said Tom Lavagnino, a spokesman for the Texas Division of Emergency Management.
August 27, 1998 |
Hundreds of Texans evacuated their homes as flood waters that ravaged the border town of Del Rio rolled down the Rio Grande toward Laredo. The river was expected to crest 25 to 27 feet above flood level. About 2,000 people living near the river were urged to get out. About 800 had gone to city shelters, Laredo spokesman Marco Alvarado said. The river had covered a park and mall parking lot.
August 25, 1998 |
Thousands of people had been evacuated, dozens were missing and by Monday, at least 18 people had been killed by flooding in an area of southwest Texas and northern Mexico where just a week ago the ground was cracking from prolonged drought. The stalled remains of Tropical Storm Charley deluged the area with more than 20 inches of rain over the weekend. More than two-thirds of the border town of Del Rio, about 120 miles west of San Antonio, was under water.
June 11, 1997 |
A teenage girl was swept away and drowned in a raging creek Tuesday as heavy rains produced flash flooding across parts of central Texas, officials said. Up to 10 inches of rain fell over four days.
May 3, 1997 |
Here's the rundown on guests and topics for the weekend's public-affairs programs: Today "Saturday Journal": Sebastian Mallay of the Economist; Tim Goeglein, press secretary for Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.), 5 a.m. C-SPAN. "Today": New dating rituals; author Carl Anthony; diet and exercise, 6 a.m. (4). "Evans & Novak": Rep. David E. Bonior (D-Mich.), 2:30 p.m.; repeats Sunday 7 a.m. CNN. "John McLaughlin's One on One": Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor, 2:30 p.m. (28).
September 16, 1996 |
Thunderstorms spawned by the remnants of Hurricane Fausto spun off funnel clouds over Texas and poured rain at a rate of more than 2 inches an hour that flooded residents out of one neighborhood. Flood warnings were posted for northern and south-central Texas, and police said many roads and streets had been closed by deep water. The hurricane broke up over Mexico, after killing one person.
October 23, 1994 |
Gooey crude oil and gasoline, some of it burning, stretched 20 miles down the flood-swollen San Jacinto River, keeping cleanup crews busy Saturday but hopeful of avoiding serious environmental damage. "It's a lot of nasty stuff," said Coast Guard Capt. Richard Ford, coordinator of the cleanup. "I am really hopeful that we will collect a lot of oil there today and we will see a substantial improvement in the next 24 hours.
October 22, 1994 |
The Houston Ship Channel, one of America's busiest waterways, was shut down after two more pipelines, adjacent to those that had already burst, ruptured, spilling crude oil into the San Jacinto River. Meanwhile, the toll from the week's South Texas floods rose to at least 17 when a 63-year-old woman was found drowned in the home she had refused to leave in Montgomery County, north of Houston.
October 19, 1994 |
In just three hours of pounding rain, water flooded Becky Wilford's house, leaving her groping at 2 a.m. for a way out. Four feet of water had surrounded her home by the time a rescue boat appeared. "Tie the boat to the pier," a voice called out. "That's not a pier, that's the deck to our house," Wilford shouted as she clambered onto the boat with her husband and child.