The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas on February 22, 1980 · Page 14
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The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas · Page 14

Galveston, Texas
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Friday, February 22, 1980
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1-4- A CCljo ui;iUu-sU»u Jlail\} Friday Morning. February 22. 1980 Thousands flee new California storm; toll hits 36 LOS ANGELES a'Pll Still another fierce winter storm spread flood waters across Southern California and Mexico's Baja California Thursday, forcing thousands of persons to flee their homes and bringing to at least 36 the death toll in the weeklong weather onslaught. Jack Kearns. assistant director of the state Office of Emergency Services, said damage to public and private property was nearing $300 million. Several feet of water poured through the small Riverside County town of San Jacinto after a levy broke on the San Jacinto River. •'We're basically evacuating everyone," said Sheriff's Deputy Tim Bolts. "The water from the San Jacinto River and the overflow from Lake Hemet Dam is emptying out of the break and going more or less right through San Jacinto." The town and surrounding farm area were engulfed. Helicopters were plucking many residents off their roofs and dump trucks were fording four and five feet of water to reach others. Botts said the number of evacuees was "into the thousands. I don't have a better figure. Maybe 2,000 maybe 3,000, maybe 10,000." Seven counties were designated disaster or emergency areas — Santa Barbara,San Bernardino, San Diego, Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, and Riverside. Flooding waters forced hundreds of others from their homes elsewhere In Southern California and Baja California. State Department of Water Resources warned unusually high tides in the next few days combined with strong winds could stress delta levees along the coast. At least 36 persons had been killed since the heavy rains began Feb. 13 and three others were missing. Two more bodies were found in San Diego County Wednesday to bring the Southern California total to 24. Twelve persons have died south of the Mexican border in Baja California. The Union-Tribune Building in San Diego was a virtual island in flooded Mission Valley and the paper was faced with the possibility of printing its editions elsewhere. "We're still here and trying to get out a paper," Peter Kay, associate editor of the Union said. "We'll try to print here, but we're also lining up alternative sites for printing the paper in the event we are forced to evacuate." Businesses in the nearby Fashion Valley Shopping Center reported they were closing up for the day. Police Chief Bill Kolender said evacuations were underway in some portions of the Mission Valley. "We would like the people of the city to go home early and stay there if they would" before the next storm hits, Kolender said. Rod Donnelly of the San Diego Water utilities Department said Mission Valley could reach "the 100 year flood level" later Thursday Water from the El Capitan reservoir was expected to flow into the San Diego River and high tides could keep the water backed up in the river which flows through Mission Valley, Donnelly said. Several hundred residents on the outskirts of Palm Springs were forced from their homes when Palm Canyon Wash overflowed. A tornado touched down in a plush residential neighborhood near the Whispering Palms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe in northern San Diego County about midnight Wednesday, knocking two units of a row of lownhouses off their foundation and ripping off the roofs of four houses. Lake Hodges in northern San Diego County over- flowed from the cumulative effects of four back-lo-back rainstorms, pushing the San Diegulto River out of its banks and flooding the Del Mar Racetrack area. Three brothers from El Cajon ranging in age from 14 to 19 were missing after taking a rubber raft down a storm drain Wednesday night. The Gravellne brothers - Michael, 19; Seott, 16; and Garry, 14 told a girlfriend to pick them up at a hamburger shop where they planned to climb out of the drain. They did not reappear and sheriff's deputies searched unsuccessfully for them, KELLNER The Agon! «o »i*f tot • AUTO INSURANCE • HOME OWNERS • 3 YEAR POLICIES (include* Sioimj • FLOOD INSURANCE 1424 Itemant >6* 6646 Ford's son sues to see if he's father of baby save 2O% to SANTA ANA, Calif. (UPI) - Steve Ford, youngest son of former President Gerald Ford, said Thursday he had filed suit to determine if he is the father of a baby boy born out of wedlock two months ago and he would assume parental responsiblity if he is. A spokesman for Ford's parents refused to comment on the action, which was filed on Valentine's Day, but said they were ready to welcome the child, named Lawrence, into the family if young Ford was indeed the father. The suit filed in Orange County, Calif., Superior Court was sealed and attorney Pamela Ashman, representing the mother, identified only as Joy Malken, would not disclose any other details at the request of her client. She said Miss Malken did not want to talk about the suit or her relationship with Ford at this time. Asked to comment on young Ford's action in seeking legal determination of his possible paternity, Miss Malken's attorney replied, "Life is infinitely interesting." Ford, 23, who lives on a ranch near San Luis Obispo in central California, also had little to say. "Probably the only comment I will make is that I may be the father of the child, Lawrence, born on December 16, 1979. If he is my child, I'm fully willing to assume all parental responsibility. That's ail I can say." Ford told UPI by telephone. "I know my mother and father are aware of the situation. I may be the father. But until the situation is cleared up ... that's alii have to say. "This is something that just arose yesterday ... I feel strongly about it. I'm just not answering questions because of the sensitivity ... for all parties involved." Asked why the suit had been filed, he said, "1 can't answer any more questions we're trying to work those things out right now." Bob Barrett, the former president's spokesman, said Ford and his wife, Betty, who were at their home in Palm Springs, were "aware of the situation" and indicated that medical tests were being taken in an effort to determine the likelihood that he was the father. "It is very possible that our son Steve Ford is the father of a child born on Dec. 16, 1979," he quoted Ford as saying. "If fatherhood is determined by tests and the proper authorities, Steve is fully and willingly prepared to assume his parental responsibilities. "Betty and I, as grandparents, would of course be happy to have him as one of our family." Young Ford, who spent some time on the rodeo circuit after his father left the White House, recently completed filming of a movie, "Cattle Annie and Little Britches," to be released later this year. The former president and his wife became grandparents for the first time in April, 1979 when the wife of their oldest son, Michael, a Presbyterian minister, gave birth to a baby girl. The Fords' only daughter, Susan, who married Charles Vance, a former Secret Service agent, recently announced that they are expecting their first child in August. The Fords' other son, Jack, is not married and lives in Del Mar, Calif. Workshops slated for Derrick Dolls candidates Alice Bass Studio, 220 Pine Dr. in Dickinson, will offer workshops to potential candidates for the Houston Oiler's Derrick Dolls 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 23 and March 1. Instructor-owner Alice Bass, a 1979 finalist, will coach sessions in dance, poise, swimsuit, hair and make up and the art of auditioning. The workshops are not associated with the Houston Oiler Corporation. Bass is a native Housto- nian and has been active in professional theater for 16 years. She has directed her own dance studio since 1969. She has appeared with Theater Under the Stars, Houston Musical Theater Guild, Houston Ballet Foundation and the Houston Grand Opera. Currently, she is serving as choreographer for "The Sound of Music" at College of the Mainland. Derrick Doll try-outs are scheduled March 8. We bought ahead to beat rising prices and save you money! 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