Abilene Christian College - Prickly Pear Yearbook (Abilene, TX)

 - Class of 1982

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Cleanup effort bring About seven hours later the students returned. "We went through the alley and the back yardf' Donna said. "You didn't realize how deep the water was, because you didn't remember how low the ground was. As we got to the door, the water was close to our chests." "We were -under the impression that it wouldn't go into our house," she said. "I guess because we didn't want it to." When Donna and Lisa looked through their kitchen windows, Donna said they saw water two and a half feet deep, toppled furnishings and mud everywhere. "Then when we opened the door," she said, "makeup, shoes and everything floated out." The students' experience was one varia- tion of a tale told throughout the city by occupants of the 356 residences damaged by the Columbus Day Hood. Final damage estimates were S3 million to S5 million in losses to individuals and 51.6 million to the city, according to the Abilene Reporter-News. President Reagan eventually declared Taylor County and six other Texas counties disaster areas because of the heavy flooding. After extreme flooding in 1974 city of- ficials conducted a flood plain study and drew a "l00-year flood map,', which was a projection of flooding that would occur in a storm so bad it would happen only once a century. The Columbus Day flood almost reached the 100- year flood mark along Buttonwillow Creek in the Fair- way Oaks area and along Cedar Creek i n s o u t h e a s t Abilene. Cedar Creek also damaged many homes at the foot of the ACU Hill on College Drive. The deluge of muddy water was followed by a surge of community spirit and helpfulness. Sportsmen's boats, Air Force equipment and city buses were used to evacuate residents and take them to nine shelters set up in the city, including one in ACU's Bennett Gymnasium. Church members, Boy Scouts, students, city employees, Dyess Air Force Base person- nel and many others worked in the evacua- tion and cleanup. P. H. Hill, who directed aid efforts for University Church of Christ, estimated that several thousand Abilenians aided flood victims in some way. He added that the "best and greatest work was done not "Just knowing some to stop and help through any organized work at all, just people and neighbors wanting to help." Charles Ramsey, an ACU junior in- dustrial education major, was one such neighbor. Charles lived on Cedar Creek's bank at 401 College in, as he said, "the lit- tle white house that moved." The junior said he left his home after a neighbor woke him about 3 a.m. Later he helped evacuate people. "We rescued the CDr. Edwinj Headricks and a 95 year-old woman, her daughter who was in her 70,s and their four pets." 200 Flood Jan- . -nm .. W.. --....nu.....s.-

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