The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on June 18, 1990 · 3
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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Monday, June 18, 1990
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.. Monday, Juno 18. 1990 MATlftflAI EH API DA fit? AMI? tk. , c,.. ... BMSsWBBBMBBlBBSB Midwest cleans up from severe storms 19 dead in Ohio floods; 18 more still missing. From The Associated Press Midwesterners mopped up or continued battling flood waters Sunday after tornadoes, thunderstorms and flooding hit parts of the region, killing an 11-year-old girl in Iowa and a railroad engineer in Illinois. Tornadoes that roared through South Dakota and Nebraska on Saturday left damaged or destroyed farm buildings and homes and uprooted trees in their wake. Up to half a foot of rain feU on already-sodden ground in Minnesota and Nebraska. MEANWHILE, the death toll from flash floods that swept through a rural area of eastern Ohio on Thursday increased to 19 Sunday as searchers dug along two creeks and dived into the Ohio River. Eighteen people remained missing. Workers used shovels and picks to dig along the creek banks, and sifted through debris at places marked with red flags, where search dogs indicated they'd detected human scents, said National Guard CapL Jim Boling. The digging will continue at least through Tuesday, said Fire Chief Mark Badia. Investigators Sunday blamed the floods on an unusually heavy rainstorm that overwhelmed the designed flow capacities of three bridges over the creeks. Badia said rainwater running down hillsides forced debris into the creeks, forming dams at each bridge. The "dams" broke under the water pressure. "Eventually the bridges couldnt hold any more. The debris broke loose, and that's when we got three big gushes of water," he sail IN EASTERN IOWA, Clear Creek Jumped its banks Sunday, closing a 2-mile section of Interstate 80. Flooding knocked out water service to the small town of Manning in the western part of the state. Damage to just the eastern Iowa cities of Bettendorf and Davenport along the Mississipi River was $21 million, officials estimated. Heavy rains caused the collapse early Sunday of the roof and part of a wall at the K&M Manufacturing sheet metal plant in Marshalltown in central Iowa. No one was at the plant at the time, and there were no injuries. Eight inches of rain have doused Iowa over the past week; some parts of the Sunny skies expected after torrential weekend rains From The Associated Press Mostly sunny skies are expected Monday, two days after rainstorms flooded creeks, rivers and streams, damaging homes in several northeastern Nebraska communties. Highs Monday will be in the upper 80s to lower 90s and it will be fair Monday night with lows in the 50s and 60s, the National Weather Service sail Partly cloudy skies are expected Tuesday with highs in the 90s after fair weather Monday night Torrential rains Saturday night caused widespread flooding in northeast Nebraska Sunday. The rains came after five straight days of severe storms in the state. All north-south roads in Dodge and Colfax counties south of Madison- were closed Sunday because of flood waters, Nebraska State Patrol Sgt Gordon An-villesail VS. Highway 30 was closed east of Schuyler and detours were set up around Norfolk and Columbus, he sail Waters in the Elkhorn and Platte rivers Kendall to divest units NEW YORK (NYT) - Kendall Co, core businesses, including its McGaw Boston, a maker of health-care products, and Futuro business units and possibly said it expected to divest Itself of non- its Polyken division. We'll Brag About It The Best Reupholstering For The Best Price Full Line of Fabrics Quality Free Pickup & Delivery to your specuications Free Estimates Residential Commercial As Always, Lincoln Mattress & Upholstery SS 221 So. 0th 435-2828 .P OPTICAL AND HEARING CENTER Wants to hc!p you Jump Into Summer Fun Complete pair of Glasses or Contact Lens Examination not Included. Licensed optomltrist available Bring In your current prescription or we can duplicate from your present glasses Offer Good Thru June 30th Major Credit Cards Accepted Gateway Shopping Center 5S5"!??I 457" 1 145 Yestroads Shopping Center 397-8241 22H22Z state got more than 5 inches in a matter of hours, said forecaster Scott Truett of the National Weather Service's Des Moines office. Weather service flood specialist Ed May said some rivers were still rising but predicted there wouldn't be much more flooding beyond farmland. "It's not unusual to have flooding In June. June's a wet month,'' he sail "What's unusual is the extent We've got almost all of the rivers in two-thirds of the state above flood stage. That's kind of rare." The 11-year-old girl was killed when she was swept into a culvert in the Davenport suburb of LeClaire on the Mississippi River, authorities sail Gov. Terry Branstad declared seven eastern and central counties disaster areas on Saturday, and sent the National Guard to help sandbag low-lying areas as rivers and creeks overflowed. Guard soldiers remained on flood duty on Sunday. HEAVY RAINS lashed western Illinois on Saturday. Thirty-two cars of an 88-car Burlington Northern freight train derailed when a waterlogged embankment gave way near Morrison, killing the engineer and injuring three other railway workers, officials sail Train workers were trapped in the engine because the locomotive car they were in came to rest in about IS feet of water and mud, said a Whiteside County sheriffs dispatcher who refused to give her name. In southeastern South Dakota, a tornado hit so fast Saturday, it knocked out power before warning sirens could be activated. The twister left a 9-mile trail of destruction, but no injuries were reported. The tornado damaged 30 farms, five of them seriously, said Fire Chief T.A. Mullinix in Beresford, 35 miles south of Sioux Falls. One home lost its roof, Mullinix sail The twister also knocked down several buildings and barns In Al-cester 10 miles east of Beresforl In the southern Minnesota city of Fairmont, heavy rains flooded streets because sewers were unable to keep up as winds gusted to 60 mph, the weather service sail Flooding also hit the basement of Fairmont Community Hospital, which had to be pumped out by the fire department, said a hospital supervisor who refused to give her name. The water posed no threat to patients, she sail "It looked like hurricane winds for a while," the supervisor sail "It was really bending the trees." were expected to crest at 11 p.m. Sunday, Anville sail Sandbagging kept waters at bay in North Bend and Winslow in Dodge County. But officials said waters could rise, and several homes at Schuyler and Platte Center suffered flood damage. "Winslow is sandbagging like mal" Dodge County Sheriff Dan Weddle sail In North Bend, sandbags were placed around many businesses and water flowed halfway down mainstreet before sandbags diverted the water to the east, Weddle sail The Missouri River in Sarpy and Douglas counties near Bellevue and Omaha rose Sunday, damaging several homes and prompting some people living along the river in Bellevue to evacuate. Several city parks located near the river were closed Sunday, including NP Dodge and Freedom parks. The weather service isssued a flood warning for the Missouri River south of Omaha to the Nebraska border. The river was expected to rise into Monday. Reupholstering H mm LFLF Tornado ' The flood that covered the golf course had also swept away four baby exotic deer from the Taylor Creek Petting Farm. And as the rising water threatened, 40 of the 71 residents of the local Countryside Nursing Home were evacuated to relatives' homes or to the hospl-tal In Norfolk and SO went to the high-school building. By early Sunday afternoon, what looked like a fallen forest was being cut up and moved away from downtown streets and residential areas so that electric power lines could be restored. Townspeople kept repeating how lucky they had been. Responding rescue units from Stanton, Humphrey and Pierce, expecting mayhem, found no one injured. "You could hear chain saws an night last night," Ted Siecke said. "Chain saws and trucks hauling broken trees away." He was with about IS other people who took shelter In the basement of the Ponderosa Bar when the alarm sounded. From the open cellar door, Siecke said a huge cottonwood was whipping around in the wind as if it was a sapling. Perdue was only one of several whose roofs, were ripped off by the twister. Wedeking Ag Sales lost its roof, and its huge metal doors looked liked they had been curled around some giant hand. Darrel Lyon was building an addition to his house in the northeast corner of town. "It's just matchstlcks now," he said. The roof of a shed at D & D Industries looked as if it had been spread out across the meadow to dry. A shed on the John Schmidt farm on the western outskirts of town was broken up and strung over several blocks, with debris pointing out the direction the wind had traveled. Sunday travelers were frustrated as swelling creek and river waters washed out or weakened bridges so that only Monastary Road from Columbus north remained passable with north-south U.S. 81 and Nebraska 15 and 79 closed between east-west U.S. 30 and Nebraska 91. Minutes after the tornado passed, neighbors and friends from across town moved Perdue's wet furniture out of her roofless house. Sunday noon, she had no idea who had what, what had been saved or what had been lost "You understand, this hasnt hit me yet," she said. "I was planning a picnic for today," she said looking up at the blue sky through her roofless kitchen. Hitchcock Co. tornado damago reports counted From The Associated Press As the weather cleared across Nebraska Sunday, officials tallied damage reports from the tornado in Hitchcock County. The number of homes damaged in the twister that struck Friday north of Trenton rose to 35, officials said. The twister cut a 25-mile path from Stratton to McCook and was "a mile and a half wide at one point," Chief Deputy Sheriff Donald Smith said. Of those 35 rural homes, 13 were destroyed, 16 were at least 50-percent destroyed and six had minor roof and window damage. Officials estimated damage to homes at $650,000. "Some of these families lost everything," Smith said. 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Haven't you done without a Toro longenough? eihcriL cmnunvno. isth&iiujva 75-4081 467-2574 4M-177T Assessor-elect picks 7 people to help him Norman Agena, Lancaster County as sessor-elect, has named nine county and community officials to a transition team that will address problems in the assessor's office. Members of the team are the following: County Board Chairman Larry HudMns; Commissioner Kathy Campbell; Realtor Lloyd Hlnkley; Bob Bethel executive officer of the Lincoln Board of Realtors; Helen Boosalis, former Lincoln mayor; Joe Wilson, property appraiser and coordinator for the county's valuation protest referee system; Robin Hendricksen, commercial property appraisal supervisor in the assessor's of Reappraisal equate to value, Agena said. That Is true especiaUy In higher-priced houses, where cost often exceeds market value. In those houses, owners build in personal Improvements that may not have value to other people. Although Agena win concentrate on a market value approach, he will retain and update cost information as a way of confirming the market value of properties, he sail BECAUSE THE assessor's office win not have enough staff to reappraise every property in the county, he said, a partial reappraisal will be done in each neighborhood, village and town, concentrating especiaUy in problem areas. Revaluation techniques, which apply a predetermined percentage or dollar amount increase or decrease based on appraisals of like property, win then be used to equalize the rest of the properties. Mandela "We have come to express our appreciation to them directly for the role they played to secure the emancipation of our people," said Mandela, who was escorted to Canada by his wife, Winnie. "We have come to say, 'Keep up the offensive against the system of apartheid which continues to ravage our country,' "Mandela said. Mandela, 71, was freed from prison in February after serving 27 years of a life sentence for sabotage and plotting to overthrow the white-minority government His release came with a host of social reforms by the government of F.W. de Klerk, including legalizing the ANC and other anti-apartheid groups. De Klerk has also opened talks with black groups on giving a political voice to the country's 28 million blacks. Five million whites now control the government and economy. Last month in Brussels, de Klerk urged the 12-nation European Community to end its sanctions because of "dynamic" changes, including the prospect of black-white talks on ending policies of racial segregation. Some Western governments have indicated a fresh willingness to reconsider sanctions. Mandela also asked Canadians to aid black nationalists in their struggle to Fair content defined In 1885, guidelines of what should be included in a fair were discussed in an issue of the Creighton Pioneer. Favorably viewed were ". . . innocent and harmless amusements as may serve to vary the monotony of an exhibition and furnish the young with sufficiency of spice to season what to them are the less attractive portions of the fair." THE TORO WHEEL HORSE 8-25 RIDING MOWER WITH A 25" MOWING DECK AND TWIN BAGGER! AS LOW AS Per Month 8 HP Tecumeh engine S speed trans- axle 25" Mowing deck Bectric start Indude Bagging KJtf Wheel Ilcna. 5 ii ! "4ASrj Tmn&Riding.MoHm fice; Ann Meese, residential property appraisal supervisor in the assessors office; and Bradford Moore, deputy county assessor. The team win meet this summer to discuss improvements for the office, Including the appraisal computer system, realignment of work within the office, public relations and coordination with other public and private offices. One of the first problems the team win tackle is Improvements to the main frame computer appraisal system, known as OASIS. The system was bought in 1981 and first used in 1987. Officials in the assessor's office say tech Agena said the reappraisal was needed because data recorded on an properties in the county and resulting values were unreliable. Neighborhood boundaries may also need realignment "Once we have re-established aU the values, we win maintain them on an annual basis," he said. HE ALSO HOPES to see information exchanged more efficiently between the assessor's office and the department of building and safety. Agena said he would like to see the Lincoln Board of Realtors work with the county In updating information on houses. When Realtors do a market analysts on a house for sale purposes, he would like them to take a printout of the information on file in the assessor's office to check for changes or mistakes in the property description. "We cannot chase down aU houses that are improved without a permit," he From Page 1 build a multi-racial society in South Africa. "We are here to request of you that you assist us with the material wherewithal which will enable us to realize our common project for turning South Africa into a haven of justice, peace and equality," he said. Last week, a Canadian fund was established to encourage individual contributions to the ANC. - , IN HIS ADDRESS, Mulroney pledged to help in South Africa's transition to a multi-racial society. "Mr. Mandela, you can count on Canada in the months and years ahead, as you have in the past, as you build a country in which the democratic hopes and dreams of all South Africans can be realized, whatever their color or whatever their creed," Mulroney said. BEST LOWEST Trim PROGRAM CT- Shari Wright HI: I Lost 82 lbs. liiiiiisil- Vitis i - OPERSONAL TOUCH COUNSELING. Youll receive special attention from our professional nurses and counselors. Through behavior education and nutritional guidance you really will learn to be Trim 4 Life. That's our promise. 0 FRESH FROZEN MEALS. 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A new personal computer system would cost about $50,000, officials have said, but would pay for Itself in a short time because of the savings m data processing costs. From Pag 1 said. "But we win catch them eventually when the house sens." DURING THE REAPPRAISAL, Agena would meet with neighborhood associations to inform homeowners about what his office is doing and to answer questions. The reappraisal win last about two years, Agena said, and wiU cost up to $200,000 for staff and a new computer system. He is confident that the reappraisal can be done without hiring an outside firm. At $25 a parcel that could cost more than $2 million, he said. Commissioner Kathy Campben has told the County Board that, despite the property tax lid, the county might have to find money in the next year to help solve valuation problems in the assessor's office. 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