Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on August 31, 1971 · Page 3
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 3

Phoenix, Arizona
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Tuesday, August 31, 1971
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T7T 7T CJ1Y VI 13 CHASER 18 The Arlnna Republic KOX Phoenix, Large trailer at mobile home court near Dobson and University blown More Al aboul Hbi uijurea in lnem-i Continued from Page 1 was affected to some extent. But the heart of the storm's energy was expended between Rural Road and the Mesa city boundary from Southern Avenue to Baseline Road. Residents described the 15- to 20-min-ute storm as one of the worst in memory. The weather bureau reported .9 of an inch of rain at the University of Arizona Experimental Farm on the Mesa-Tempe Highway. They added that an unofficial 1.64 inches fell near Southern and Lebanon in Tempe. For the first time in years, the runoff in Tempe actually ran north into the Salt River. . Homeowners who had been watering the grass around their new subdivision homes were stunned as they viewed gaping holes in their roofs after the storm moved northwestward to Phoenix, largely dissipated. No rain was reported in Phoenix. A woman, carrying her dog. stumbled over the curb In Tempe. the tears flowing down her check. "Our new home ... our new home . . ." she cried. The roof had just blown off . Mesa and Tempe police reported there were at least 41 persons injured. Many suffered minor injuries from glass that exploded as the storm struck picture windows. Others were struck by wreckage torn from homes blocks away. The Salt River project said power was out in many sectors from the Salt River south to Baseline and from Mesa west to 67th Avenue. Scores of telephones in the Tempo-Mesa area were out of service. Utility spokesmen said the hop-scotch storm knocked down an occasional telephone pole as it roared northwestward. In many places, whole spans of telephone and power cables were snapped and blown away. Most power was restored by 10 p.m., but the Salt River Project said there would be pockets of two to three homes where power perhaps would not be restored until this . morning or even until noon. All public agencies, police, fire, utilities and civil defense workers in the southeastern part of the Valley were called to duty. Phil A. Saglimbcn of 1118 E. Riviera and Dudley Melichar of 1124 E. Riviera, both of Tempe, said they looked out their windows and saw a "funnel-looking cloud." Saglimben said the storm blew a hole in his roof, broke all his windows, and the rain poured in. He said his home was struck by an aluminum boat apparently blown across the street from the carport at the home of Lawrence Liberman of 1119 E. Riviera. Melichar said the picture window in his home was blown out. Dozens of other residents reported the same thing. The backyard block fence at the Liberman home was demolished. Virtually all the shingles on the home's roof were out. Liberman and his family were reported to be on vacation. His nephew, Steve Liberman, said: "They're sure going to be upset." Mr. and Mrs. Fred Smith of 120 E. Chinese, Soviet Reds plan visits to Paris PARIS (NYTS) Chinese Communist and Soviet leaders will visit Paris this fall within a few weeks of each other, according to foreign ministry sources. , Leonid I. Brezhnev, first secretary of the Soviet Communist Party, is expected here during the last week of October for his first visit to the West, since he replaced Nikita Khrushchev in 1964. He will be accompanied by Nikolai V. Pod-gorny, president of the Supreme Soviet. At the end of September or the beginning of October a Chinese delegation will make an official visit here, but Pe-king was reported to have withheld the name of the delegation chief. That it would be Premier Chou En-lai was discounted and speculation centered on Li Hslen-nien, vice premier, who is scheduled to visit Algiers next month. Tuej., Aug. 31, 1971 "HIII 7V''?'. I'fn - - . . ': V'--' V::.f af,-;' ' Jisf . V J III ' I SZESgsZxrt I lilt T Fremont were visiting friends, Nigel Sheriff and his wife, a few doors away at 1125 E. Carter. "We'd finished digging up our garden and went back across the alley to meet our neighbors," Smith said. "We were sitting with our backs to a window about 6 feet in size when the winds hit. "The window blew in and hit us all the whole frame and everything." The Sheriffs' daughter, Becky, about 14, was taken to the hospital. The Smiths and the Sheriffs were injured by broken glass. "Our roof was taken almost completely off it caved in," Smith said. "The wind blew in windows and part of the front wall collapsed it's a wreck." Nearly a dozen Halle raft homes in the area near Mil'lintnck and Southern were damaged. Parts of roofs were ripped awav and several dwellings were shifted on their foundations, one resident said. in this neighborhood the Tempe fire department sent an engine to get a pregnant woman who was taken to a hospital maternity ward just after the storm passed, neighbors told The Republic. About a mile north of this subdivision the raging wind tore a portion of the gymnasium roof from McClintock High School and the heavy rain drenched the gymnasium just as the Charger football team came in from practice, one of the players reported. East of the stricken Tempe area there was more havoc in Mesa, where 35 mobile homes were overturned at Holiday Village Trailer Park. 701 S. Dobson. Some of the debris was carried a block in the strong winds, striking homes and residents alike. At the trailer park, George T. Stout, 68, died of a heart attack during the storm. He was pronounced dead at Mesa Southside Hospital, according to the Mesa Police. Mrs. Ronald Iverson of 1737 W. Carol, - p.' X- - rf :?' At ' Rtoubllc Photo by !u Livy The storm collapsed the roof on the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Iverson, 1737 W. Carol, Mesa. Mrs. Iverson and a daughter hid in the closet, barely visible at left, and were rescued by a neighbor moments before ceiling fell, dropping huge amounts of insulation into the room. - RmuMK Ptiet k MBit Imllk over and atop sedan on drive empc siurm Mesa, seized her two daughters, 5 and 7, and scurried into a closet at the northeast comer of her home to escape flying glass as the storm began to shat-' ter her windows. As they huddled in the closet, the 100-mph wind ripped off nearly all of the house's roof and hurled it into Carmei Street nearby. The only part of the roof that remained was that covering the closet Throughout the area fences were toppled, trees downed and everything loose was swept up by the storm. Palms trees in front of the University c Arizona experimental farms south of Apw:he Boulevard were blown down. Street crews hurriedly cut them up with chain saws and dragged them aside so traffic could move. Authorities established a temporary relief shelter at Tempe Union High School. But it apparently did not attract any refugees. As darkness fell, scores of resident"!, their neighborhoods in darkness except for flashlights and lanterns, groped in the wreckage and debris. Dozens whose homes were so badly shattered that they could not be lived in loaded possessions into automobiles and went to stay with friends and relatives. Police established barricades to protect the neighborhoods and their exposed homes. One large insurance adjustment agency in Phoenix reported through its telephone answering service that it was flooded with insurance claims. The weather bureau said the storm struck without warning. Skies were clear just minutes before the storm raced across the desert. Mcterologists said the storm was born in Southeastern Arizona, gathered steam as it passed Tucson in the early afternoon and turned into a major blow as it tangled with an upper level "trough" that extended south from the Kingman area. J Roof from Active Auto Parts, 1025 i ?, i upr7"? h--X I "! -: ( Vernon Nielson looks at his trailer, ii Ruins of another of the SS trailers 4We're lucky . . . we're Storm batters family's home By ATHIA IIARDT TEMPE - A young south Tempe family stood in the family room of their first home late yesterday and watched the wind and rain pound the $25,000 structure into a collapsed shell. A moment after the storm hit, Doug Brown and his wife, Margie, and their 4-year-old daughter, . Michelle, were sprawled on the floor their roof gone, the walls leaning inward, and rain pouring in, soaking everything in sight. "We were standing by the TV when it started to rain so hard it seemed like hail," Mrs. Brown said a few hours later as she surveyed the remains of her home at 1222 E. Fremont St. "The next thing we knew we were thrown across the room," she recalled. "We must have blacked out because we were on the floor 'and the roof was gone and '.so was part of the sides." E. Gilbert Drive, Tempe, lies strewn blown 50 yards from his space in V. J demolished by the wind storm at alive' The Browns took refuge in their all-electric kitchen, a room Mrs. Brown had checked out for its conveniences, not its solid foundations, only a month and a half before when they moved in. "But the wind started sucking us up like the eye of a tornado," she said. "We braced ourselves against the wall by the stove and the refrigerator," the petite mother recalled. "We held on to each other tight until the winds died down and it was pouring down rain." Before the storm hit, between 6 and 6:15 p.m., the family had been watching television while dinner cooked on the range. Only a few minutes later, Mrs. Brown "couldn't believe we were alive." She said, "Everything was flying and everything was gone except us. "It's the closest thing to death I've ever experienced." r. ,v w Mil Rtovbllc pheM on vacant lots and hanging on wires Holiday Village Mobile Home Court ReMlc Pkoto by So Livy Holiday Village Mobile Home Court into a shell She smiled as she watched her husband carry a table out the glass-less window of the family room. "I just thank God that we're alive. It' could have been so much worse,' she ' said, shaking her head. "I really don't know how we ever lived through it." ; All three escaped serious injury, al-' though Brown was cut by flying glass, and Mrs. Brown suffered a strained .i u SIlUUIUtT. "We all went to the hospital, but we're all okay," she said. "Michelle's fine. She came through it like a gem." The house "is Insured for everything, even for an act of God," she said. For the time being, the Browns, like many Tempe families left homeless by the storm, said they will live with relatives. "We're really very lucky, I guess," ' Mrs. Brown said. "We're alive." I liH'lt l-IMIiil I

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