Clipped From The Brownsville Herald
ROODS TAKE HEAVY TOLLS OYERTEXAS Water Combines With Wind To Kill Many; Property Damage Runs High (Continued from Page One) ed, but only one of the many persons trapped was killed. Fifteen were injured, four probably fatally. Crenshaw, living at the home of his nephew, Harvey Bobbitt, was billed instantly. Mr. and Mrs. Bobbitt were injured and their two- year-old baby boy hurt. was critically Houses were tumbled about as the wind drove in from the southwest. Blown From Homes Gregg Spencer, negro, was killed and his 12-year-old daughter was believed fatally injured when his house was destroyed by the high wind when it hit near Weldon and continued on to Belott and Cad- mor, southwest of Crockett. Mrs. Tom Kimmey and her three children narrowly escaped death when a twister tore into their home. The mother was blown bodily from the house, with two children under her arm,, when she went to close a door as she heard the roar of the approaching storm. When she recovered consciousness, she found one of the children, Tom- the storm struck, spread over the- lowlands and were expected to be augmented by rolling offshoots til the headwaters in Hill, Johnson and Ellis counties. The Trinity river was still overflowing in the Trinidad sector and crops were believed heavily damaged by the hard rains which fell during the morning. More than 10,000 acres of farm land in Bell. Milam and Williamson counties were under water and every stream in that section was on a rampage. All main streams were rising. The Leon, largest, tributary of the Little river, was rising at a rate of foot an hour and was 22 feet up during the afternoon. A $2,500 CWA bridge on a small tributary to the Leon was washed out above Belton. Traffic was blocked on many highways through central Texas. More than a thousand motorists, were marooned between Gainesville and Valley View on U. S. Highway 77. Scores of head of livestock were drowned, thousands of dollars' oi property damage done and rail and motor traffic through Gainesville were hampered. The first motorists to cross the Elm Creek bridge on Highway 77 reported five people, including a woman with a baby in her arms, in tree tops on creek banks, out reach of rescuers until the water subsides, and that they had been there for more than 12 hours. The Guadalupe river, rising rapidly at Gonzales in south Texas, creating a new menace there with hundreds ol farm families leaving their lowland homes as the water- began spreading to lay waste growing feed crops. Cattle pastured in lowlands 'in that area were endangered, and many already were swept away in the swift currents. The sudden rise of the river prevented stock from being taken to safety. Rainfall was unofficially reported mie Joe, 2, almost strangled to 10 inches at Waelder and eight Harwood, northeast of here.