Redlands Daily Facts from Redlands, California on February 25, 1969 · Page 3
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Redlands, California
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Tuesday, February 25, 1969
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Dunlap area hard hit Relentless rain causes flooding (OaBtmued tnat Page 1) 'wiOi nmpasiiiK Oood inters cuilinc araiind Ibe exteriors. Ibogr service statkms wbidi dot the notth side of the street were open but mter was up to the pmnps in most of then. Orance street and Texas street intersectioos with the boulevard were better traveled by canoe than autos sboitly after 11 a.m. Hie renegade stream finally retuned to its own hanks at Texas street as it cascaded down (be dope east ot the American Legion Post Earlier in (be monaag, as heavy nmofb from the Crafton Hills area poured additioaal wa ter into the stream on the east- em edge of V» city, flooding conditions devdoped along Sylvan boidevard between Judson and Dearborn streets. Other damage was reported this morning in the soutt side RAINFAIX TABLE Sea- Lat» Slenii tm Year Redlandt ... *.n XIM tM MMitane .... 5.M 1M7 9.K YiteaiM .... 5.99 liJ7 9M CaHmoM «.« VM 9.97 MMCridi .. <J1 ti.n 1MI C. Aiiflslus..ll« M.14 Country dub area where water and slides were beginning to take a property tolL Property owners and dty crews were busy protecting bomes in the areas with sandbags at 10 a.m. today. Although RedlKids has bad individual power problems, no circuits have been out in the dty since the storm l)egan, Jos^ Enarson, Redlands Edisoo company manager, reported this morning. Not so lucky were residents in Oak Glen and Forest Falls BOULEVARD BECOMES RIVER — Redlands boulevard, looking west from Seventh street, reached river-lite proportions today as motorists Inched their way through the central area of the city. The boulevard flooding occurred after the Zanja overflowed at Ninth street (Facts photo by C J. Kenison) FLOODING NEARS CAR AGENCY — Employes of Hatfield Buick watch the river flowing by the Redlands boulevard auto agency near Seventh street this morning after the Zanja jumped its banks at Ninth street and flowed onto the boulevard. is RMlandi Daily Foch Tuwdoy Nb. 25, 1969 Pa«« 3 WHson creek bursts bank Many homes flooded in Dunlap Acres area The Dunlap section of Yucaipa was turned into a full-scale disaster area today when the Wilson Creek Dike ruptured for the second time in a month, sending torrents of muddy water into residential areas and forcing evacuatira of scores of homes. Numerous homes on Avenue E in the area of 12th and I3th streets were in imminent danger of being washed away. An evacuation center was being set up by the Red Cross and Yucaipa School District in the MulU-purpose Boom of Dunlap elementary school. The school itself was im periled by the river of water raging west on Avenue E, and licking at the school grounds. The Wilson Creek flow, built up by a combination of heavy rains and melting mountain snow, burst through the dike at nth street and Avenue D at 8:10 a.m. and swept southeast across vacant fields to Avenue E. County Flood Control District crews had rdnforced the dike during the past two nights, but their efforts failed to match the fury of the muddy flow. Many students -who arrived at Dunlap school before the floodwaters slammed into the a r e a were returned to their homes by school buses. Some 25 "walkers," students who walk to the xhool from homes in the immediate area, were housed in a classroom, unable to be returned to thdr homes, many of which were evacuated. The resMents of a house across the street from the school at the southwest comer of Avenue E, and Twelfth street were rescued by sheriffs deputies as (he floodwaters lashed at the side ol the resUence, threatening to carry It away. The area hardest hit by the muddy rampage appeared to be] bordered by Avenue E and Ken tucky ^eet on the north and south and I2th and Uth streets on the east and west Heavy flooding also was reported south of that area Dunlap'boulevard, across which Wilson Creek flows southwest to its juncture with Live Oak Creek. Shortly after noon, the mushrooming flow of Wilson Creek, unable to pass beneath the freeway, began surging across it, covering the lanes in both di rections. Traffic was slowed in both directions and bumper to bumper for miles, although it was being allowed to pass through the flooded area. Residents in the afflicted area were urged to evacuate, but many refused to do so and remained to battle the deadly surge that reportedly flooded some homes with several feet of water. Sheriffs deputies said some trailers were "washing away like matchsticks" at Cooper's trailer park an Dunlap boulevard. Residents at the Silva-KnoUs rest home on Dunlap were urged to evacuate the area, deputies said, but refused to do so. They later were evacuated forcibly. Caravans of autos were lined up on Twelfth and Thirteenth streets just south of flooded Ave- By 10 a.m., the Yucaipa sher-^nuc E as residents carried val- iffs substation reported that ued possessions to their vehicles most of its patrol cars and „, readiness for a hurried exo- emergency vehides had been knocked out of commission rising floodwaters. by where electric service has been out all morning, Enarson added. "We're now working around the ck>ck trymg to keep servic* going," he sakl. General Telephone Company spokesmen said they also experienced no major outages in Uie dty. "We had a few individual services out but we have so far been lucky for the intensity of the storm," they added. Accompanied by gusty winds which hit 25 miles pw hour yesterday and a saturated landscape, the storm started to take a toll of the dty's trees. Accordmg to (Charles E. Dawson, park superintendent, a large eucalyptus fell about 6 p.m. last night on Farkwood drive in Smiley Park. As it toppled, it crushed several palm trees and blocked the street for soma time. A pepper tree on Chestnut avenue was another victim during [the wee hours this morning. As it tumbled it took several phooe and power lines with it. Trees and limbs were down in various other sectkms of the dty but "the dty has been pretty lucky so far. We don't consider this major damage — as yet," Dawson sakl. Streets and highways in th« area were being dosed so fast today that up-to-the-minute do- sures were impossible to report. Naturally, Alabama street between Lugom'a avenue in Redlands and Third street in San Bernardino i^ impossible today because of the heavy flow of water in the Santa Ana river. For many local resHents working in the Wash area, the Santa Ana looms more like the Mississippi every minute the storm continues. Once again all equipment at Tri-City Concrete company on Alabama street has been removed from the grounds. According to a company spokesman, "the area looks worse than during the January floods." At 11 a.m., office hdp bad been told to go home and all other employes were fitting to keep water from the yards ainl buildings. Big Bear Timber company on North Orange street also had the same problem. Although the water was not yet in the yards at noon every one had been sent home when word was received that the bridge north of the yard on Orange street had been closed and "things look bad for the bridge to the south." Practically all local mountain roads were closed again today. No traffic was stirring on Highway 38 above Mentone all the dus. There were reports that some residents were being knocked ^ down by the floodwaters as they ^ay to Big Bear. I fought to protect their homes I Torrential rains in the Mill jwith sandbags and wooden bar-jcreek canyon have caused nu- 'ricades. ;merous landslides which State , Vu^ually every intersection in i highway crews have been un- the Dunlap area contained one j able to keep up with. I to two feet of water and debris; Most mountain dramage and mud was washed along streams were reported running {brim full this morning. The There were no immediate re- storm has accounted for another dam today ferjbf »'^* • Ports from the flooded area of; 6.85 inches of precipitation in Big Beor lake full, wafer being released Big Bear lake was within I streets, thrve feet of lh# lop of Ihe ; Thpre many years. This, for itatii- Ncal purpeMs it "full," according to Horace Hinckley, ral manager ef tfw Bear injuries or loss of life. Supt of Schools Jerome Thomsley sakl classes had been v.iuw ii.ri...i ur^ I canceled until further notice at vaiiey Muiuai water company. Dunlap school, but were con- But ho said thm it no fear About KM strcnffHi of Iho dom* "II is in goad conditian new and it always hat been," Hinckley said. There it • gaod supply •f. water being relaatod over tfw ipillway, however, ki order to keep tfw lake level at ih pfosont pointf Hmckloy soid. The water goot into Boar crooli, ttion flows about oiyht milat inl* tfw Sania Ana river abeul 12 mile* above Mw moutfi of tfw canyon. the past 24 hours at Camp Angelus and 7.58 inches in the same period at Lake Arrowhead. In addition, the rainfall is melting down the tremendous tinning at other Yucaipa schools snowpacks accumulated from which reportedly were not af- earlier storms, fected by flooding. At Camp Angelus, for instance, Yucaipa boulevard between about 66 inches of snow was on nth and 13th streets was heavi -j the ground before the current ly flooded, but still passable dur-i storm. Because of heavy rains ing the morning hours. land comparatively warm tem- A similar flood hit the Dun- peratures, the pack had lost lap area last month during a nearly two feet of snow by 8 heavy storm when the dike at i a.m. this morning, nih street and Avenue D broke! Most everythmg is at a standstill in the mountains. All schools are dosed, automobfle traffic is almost non-existent and utility services have been hard hit as it did this morning. The escaping flood waters caused thou sands of dollars of damage to homes. BIG BEAR TIMBER COMPANY THREATENED Truck in background dumps load of dirt to bolster embankment on north side of Santa Ana River at Orange street The swirling river flow was eating away at the bank today, threatening Big Bear •nmber company. (Facts photo by C. J. Kenison) Fire couses \ Craffon school closed $300 fo residence A fire caused dunage estimated at 1300-Saturday in die borne of a Rfdianrit man who put out the Uase with a csrden liosc« firs o^Boflk yfpoctfd. The blaze btoke out dwtfly after noon, fire tIBeUs said, when sparks £nii& a fireplace igniled a aeaiby trash boK fa the famfly nom of Edward Bonnas' koaa at XtB JUta street Tbe fiames damafed wall pnefiDC and amcM a mm- ber of books. KreaeB <»d BtB- Bryn Mowr evocuated flood waters completely inundated Bryn Uawr today. According to late word this aflemooo about 75 residents of (his smaU cmmnity west of Bedlands were evaenstad t» the safety of HttSHB sAoeL AB eneteMjr Bed ODSS Otd- ter been est 19 at ICssian sdml aod win be Inne for \mmy Bon HOT tenlies natil tlM preant crisis aAsides. aaa eitiaffridieil te Uase wifli] a tardea base; Accordmg to Robert G. Campbell, assistant scbod district superintendent, all chiUreB attending schools in Bediaads win live in Bryn Ilawr will be bused (o Missioa at die dose of school today. ' At I2:2S pjn. (odJQr. Crafton demcoiaiy seiiool was flnsrd as waters from the Zanja over- IkNMd the bHb and cansed •mm l» achool offictais. AD fivib wm loMied oaflo OSes and were out of Oie area fagr 1ZM pjB.. acconfinc to CtenpbeiL Citrus IMorfcet LOS ANGELES, Feb. 2S (UPI) — Representative prices br size and grade all oranfe auction markets: Sis 73s Nt First grade 4.17 3M 3.83 Second grade....2J8 2.53 2.77 113s IMs First grade 3.72 3.41 Second grade 2.42 2J2 Trend: About unchanged, ne wedding ring is tra£tiBa-, aUy worn on the tUid finfer of| the left hand beense of an i \aeat b^ that • vecy ddicate nenre runs directly from that Gnger to die hesit. RAIN MELTS MOUNTAIN SNOW — Heavy deposits of snotr at Fiollsvale in tbe San Bernardino Moontains east of Redlands were mdting iq[ddly yesterday afternoon from heavy rains. A sraup of villagers rest during smw-slwvding eSwts. Car in background, looking east on ForeM Home boole- vard, was stopped by sheriffs deputy allegedly running roadUodc at MOl Creek Ranger Staticm where aU but emergency and resident traffic WBB turned back. (Facts photo by Herb Fasik)^

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