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

 - Class of 1982

Page 207 of 424

 

Abilene Christian College - Prickly Pear Yearbook (Abilene, TX) online yearbook collection, 1982 Edition, Page 207
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t i. ,, The 30-foot-deep swollen creek swept Courtney to a tree, which he held on to un- til it broke about five minutes later. He then was washed to another mesquite tree about 50 feet north of the College Drive bridge, where residents saw him and This page: Jim Campbell, Ron McCom- nas and Todd Pickle, ACU students, and LeAlIen Smith, ACU graduate, pause in 'heir evacuation ejforts. Opposite page: op right - Smith carries clothes out of his house on College Drive,' bottom right - A beached boat holds the belongings imith and his roommates were able to 'alvagej bottom left M- Dyess Air Force 5'ase personnel use an amphibious vehicle br rescue efforts in northwest Abilenef op left - Flood waters draw a crowd at hefoot ofthe hill. contacted firemen. "Once I got in the tree, I caught my breath and wondered how in the world I got out there," he said about six months later. Although Courtney said he 'gfelt fairly relaxed considering the situationf, the ris- ing waters began to make him nervous. "I was as high in that tree as I could go," he explained. An hour and a half after the senior was swept into the rushing waters, firemen pulled him to safety in an inflatable raft. HI was so glad," he said, "because my tree was about to wear out." Courtney said the small crowd that had gathered on College Drive during the rescue efforts lent him moral support. "I felt like they wouldnit let anything bad happen to me," he said. Courtney heard several jokes about be- ing waterlogged and going tree surfing after his flood experience. But he said the flood also brought him some serious thoughts. "I'm more appreciative of my health now . . . I also learned that I don't always get my wayj' he said. "And that not everything that happens to me is going to be good." But the best thing coming out of the flood, Courtney said, was the support and help from friends. His reaction seemed parallel to that of many others who were affected by the flood - being alive and having good friends were more important than losing possessions. h- Kelly Deatherage Flood 203

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