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

 - Class of 1982

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ommunit together Charles returned to his home Tuesday -ening to find that the five feet of water at entered his house ruined a motorcycle, lsclothing, a water bed, all his textbooks d about Sl,500 worth of albums and one cared enough made it easier. " their classes to help in flood cleanup. The group began working in the home of Mrs. Bert fMarthaj Mosier, widow of the department's former chairman and an associate professor of business. From her home on the banks of Cedar Creek work expanded to nearby houses. G r o u p s o f students from University and Hillcrest Churches a l s o h e l p e d residents pull up ssettes. But Charles said good came from the ex- rience. "I learned a lot . . . that a lot of e stuff l had was luxury, not a necessity, d about how materialistic l have got- 1," he explained. But, Charles said, the ost important thing he gained from the nod was a deep friendship with Tom suse, senior from Albuquerque, N.M. In ct after the flood, he moved in with Tom. lut I'm still in the flood zone," he added. Charles and about 40 other industrial ucation majors were dismissed from wet carpets, move furniture outside, shovel out mud and try to pick up the pieces after the flood. "I didn't believe how heavy soaked mat- tresses could bef' said Stephen Bynum, sophomore pre-Optometry major, who worked several days in the flood cleanup. He said he and his twin brother, David, drove their pickup through the flooded area, looking "for older people and places that didn't have lots of cars around." The Bynum brothers helped by hauling ruined possessions to the dump. "People were throwing out little treasures in life that meant so muckh to them," he said. "Just knowing someone cared enough to stop and help made it easier for them." Long-time Abilene residents lost much more than did students living in the flood- ed area. As ACU graduate Leallen Smith, who shared a house with ACU students, told an Optimist reporter, "I feel it's really sad that this happened to us, but what is even sadder is that our next door neighbors lost a whole lot more than we did e their home, everything they ownedf' In spite of the millions of dollars of damage, no serious injuries were reported or lives lost. However, ACU senior Court- ney Connell's flood experience could have ended in tragedy. This page: Cedar Creek, normally a trickle, inundates College Drive. Opposite page: left e Abilene residents, who were forced by flood waters to leave their homes, listen to announcements in Bennett Gymansium where about 400 people gathered for shelterj right W Water almost covers a car and storage building that were swept into East North 10th Street by the Columbus Dayflood. 'W W ssiee - N tttt t ...Q 1' -- , -- .img-amwew, 5.3, awk aiwmw , . Q iii I . . ' t to ' 1- . tt""'m K W . : , 9' sq P A -.ann A A Flood

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