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6 / OES MOINES REGISTER • Thuw., Aug. 21,197B WATCHES HIS NEWSPAPERS FLOAT AWAY COLOR Continued from Page One spot and rain kept falling. Hardly, anyone outside an area of about 25 miles in radius had any rain at all. "We knew there was a warm front to the south of us, but we didn't think it'd bring thundershowers until Wednesday night," he said. "We didn't an- _ticipate_the_uppet-air._currents changing as rapidly as they did. Lot of Kidding "Tf we'd been sitting In Ames, our forecast of 10 to 20 per cent chance of showers would have looked pretty good because Ames didn't get any rain." B,ut Dailey and the others are sitting in DCS Moines, where the heaviest rain of this century fell. "We take a lot of kidding when something like this happens," he noted. • Oh, Maybe H Could Have Been Worse After All: Iowa Power and Light Co. officials announced Wednesday they have no intention of billing anyone for the electricity expended in the form of lightning. You say you didn't know there was thunder and lightning, Bunky? You thought it was a war that wok£ you up? One of Iowa Power's lead engineers, who asks that his name not be used because he's unsure of his arithmetic, dusted off his college textbooks at our request and determined that the voltage in a single stroke of lightning'can be as high as 5 million volts. The average current in a stroke is about 20,000 amperes. 10 Microseconds The electricity expended comes during a 10-microsecond period in the stroke's life, the engineer reports. Do some fancy figuring, and you come up with 27 kilowatts of electricity being expended in one stroke. Iowa Power charges an average residential rate of 3 cents per kilowatt hour. So, If you were paying for it, you'd be billed 81 cents for each stroke of lightning. Say there were 2,000 strokes of lightning in the early morning hours of Wednesday. That works out to a total of $1,620 for the whole show, but you got it for nothing. Thunder Free Paul Waite, who used to be state climatologist, was always fond of reporting that a single bolt of lightning is estimated to contain enough electrical punch to light one-fourth of the homes in Iowa for a period of time equal to the duration of the heavenly flash. So, if there were indeed 2,000 strokes, the homes of Iowa could have been lit 500 times over for that same duration. The Iowa Power engineer says even if his company charged you for the lightning they'd give you the thunder free. • And, Finally, You Thought Only TV Had Summer Re Runs?: One Register delivery boy watched in disbelief as a bundle of newspapers he'd hur ried to pickup at the corner ol Thirty-first Street and Wood land Avenue floated away. Charles Bunce, Register cir culation services manager, re ports that some 7,000 papers were so soaked they were un readable, and pressmen, who had worked all night, were summoned back to work abou 7 a.m. Wednesday to reprin them. Deliveries ran as late as 2 p.m. at some doors. STORM CUTS ELECTRICITY TO 1,500 HOMES Rev. Moon's aides injured TARRYTOWN, N.Y. (AP) A member of the Rev. Sun M y u n g Moon's Unification Church was wounded and a sec ond member beaten when they Interrupted a burglary at the church's estate here Wednes day. Police said two men armec with shotguns walked onto the compound about 3:15 a.m., en tered a building and began searching for money. The intruders awakened two church members, John Hessel and Takeshi Ito, 30, who were staying in the cottage. An altercation erupted during which one of the guns discharged grazing Ho, and Hessell was beaten, authorities said. Police s;iid the burglars flee v.iilioul obtaining any money. Mother: Slain daughter 'won't rest in her grave' KENT Continued from Page One Pulton, lead defense attorney, said The guardsmen "stood up there and told their story, and that jury just believed them." Rhodes refused to comment on the verdict at a news conference later at the state capitol in Columbus. In the courtroom, another key defendant — Kent State President Robert White — received the news without expression. Other defendants included former Ohio National Guard Adj. Gen. Sylvester Del Corso and Brig. Gen. Robert Canterbury — the Guard commanders at Kent State — and 25 current and former guardsmen, men. and and its report was ordered destroyed. A 1971 Justice Department investigation ordered by Atty. Gen; John Mitchell ruled that no further federal action was necessary, but a new probe was ordered by Atty. Gen. Elliot Richardson in 1973. Criminal charges were filed against eight guardsmen, but a judge ruled the government failed to make its case. 4 ROBBERIES AROUND D,M, ByTOMSUK Four robberies were reported to police Tuesday. The falls on Hickman Water pours off Hickman Road at Twenty-third Street into a ravine early of the water pushed aside a retaining wall. View looks southwest from near Wednesday after the downpour turned streets into small rivers. The" force the intersection. STORM Continued from Page One stage is 12 feet, and then began falling. Basements Flooded While many homes had water in basements and many streets were covered with run-off water backing up from swollen storm sewers, the damage from his storm is expected to be less than might be expected. Two years ago, flood waters rom Walnut Creek and the Raccoon River caused $1.35 million damage in West Des Moines alone. "What saved our tails this time," said West Des Mones police patrolman Charles Thompson Wednesday afternoon, "was the drought. The Raccoon's been way down and it's handling most of the water pretty well." The Weather Service reported that both the Raccoon and the Des Moines River would show rises from Wednesday's rain, but that both are expected to stay within their banks. Much Absorbed Besides the low river levels, another factor preventing more serious floodings in the metropolitan area was the ability of the soil to accept more water than normal. Until this week, it had been as dry in Des Moines as it's been in most of the rest of the state this summer. The 1.3 inches of rain that fell during a storm late Sunday night was the most rain the city had had since June 18, when 2 inches fell. But this most recent storm will leave its mark, even il damage is not as severe ii might have been. Many downtown store carpet; were soaked and slimy. Some were closed until noon while employees""va~cinrm e~d arie mopped. Others—including Arnolds and Kucharo's clothing stores — never opened. YWCA Closed The YWCA, which sustainec several thousand .dollars of damage, will be closed to the public until Tuesday. Water was three to four inches deep over much of the main floor The water pressure boke some skylights and water poured into an exercise area below. At Bankers Tust Co., the wa ter crept to within about an inch of the main vault door in the basement and to within half an inch of the electrical trans- merchandise losses. However, Des Moines Blue Print Co. at 816 Locust Ave. reported about $2,000 worth of paper was destroyed by the. water. About six boats at the marina in Birdland Park, north of downtown, sank after rain wa- er weighted the back ends of the crafts enugh to allow river water to flow over the top and push them under. Dave Freylack, 20, a worker at the Birdland Boat Harbor here, said another 20 boats 'were going down" when he and others went out into the rain to start bailing out water. One or two boats frequently go down after a heavy rain, said Frelack, "but this was an extremely heavy amount of rain." Motor Lodge Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge at 4800 Merle Hay Road sustained some $125,000 in damages when water poured into n banquet rooms, onto the patio, over the pool and into some rooms, officials there said. They said the damage would be repaired by this evening. About 1,500 homes in scat tered areas of the city were without power at 6 a.m. Wednesday, according to Guy Patten, an Iowa Power and Light Co. spokesman. Several hundred customers still were without power Wednesday afternoon and company officials said 150 workers were attempting to restore service. Telephones Out Meanwhile, 500 to 600 telephones were reported out in the city, Joe Elstner, spokesman for Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. said Wednesday. He said 120 telephone workers were working exclusively on repairing outages, and that all service was expected to be restored by Friday. The storm forced the City of Des Moines to begin pumping sewage directly into the Des Moines River before it had been fully treated, according to John Bellizzi, assistant public works director. Bellizzi said the city's sani- according to Loren the building superin- Killed on job BLOOMINGTON, ILL. (AP) — A construction worker was crushed to death Wednesday afternoon when ha was caugM between a cement mixer and former, Bowans, tendent. Bank tellers on the main floor had no paper money until about 10 a.m. after the "shoetop- high" water in the basement was pumped out to get at the vault, Bowans said. Change in Coins Some customers were given as mucli as $20 change in coins. Bowans said he didn't think the water would have entered j tary sewer system was so overtaxed by run-off water that full treatment ~of—sewage- at—Ihe city's plant in southeast Des Moines would have resulted in back-ups throughout the city. Not AU "Raw" The dumped sewage was noi completely "raw," because it was chlorinated, he said. The rate of discharge into the river diminished during the day, he added. Bellizzi said the sewer system failed mainly because of "the intensity of the storm." Sewers usually are designec to handle a level of flooding that occurs once in about K years, he said. Several basements in ma nicipal buildings in Des Moines including the new parking garage at Seventh Street ant Grand Avenues, City Hall, anc the central maintenance center southeast of downtown were flooded, officials said. Damage to traffic and trans the until waters recede more, of- icials said. Bellizzi said a top priority today will be to pump out over- oaded storm sewers until an are able to handle the flow. Another priority will be to clean sanitary sewers of debris and to replace manhole covers hat came loose from the water pressure, he said. Olson Asks Aid Mayor Richard Olson said he asked for state and federal aid 'rom Gov. Robert Ray and U.S.. Senator Dick Clark (Dem., la.). In addition, the federal Disaster Assistance Administration and the state office of Civil Defense were contacted, Assistant City Manager Paul Steinbrenner said. No commitment on state or federal aid will be made until damages are assessed in detail, he said. Ironically, Steinbrenner said, only a small number of residents of Des Moines and West Des Moines have taken out federal flood insurance since the cities were approved for the program following flooding in 1973 and 1974. Employers Mutual Insurance the agent that handles the federal program in Iowa, resorted that only 82 applications lave been received from Des Moines residents and 54 from West Des Moines residents, he said. Concentrated Squalls Steinbrenner said a private weather forecasting service contracted by the city predicted only a small amount of rain. But he said this type of storm — coming in a series of concentrated squalls — could not have been foreseen. The city was warned about 5:30 a.m. that substantial rainfall was coming, he said. In West Des Moines, standing water blocked the 100 block of Grand Avenue late Wednesday. Several business firms in that area were closed throughout the day, primarily because there was no access to them. Several pets being boarded in the Grand Avenue Pet Hospital, operated by Dr. John Patterson in that area, were moved from floor-level cages early Wednes day morning when water cov ered the floor of the building. Tile Plant Flooded Also in that general area, the Can-Tex Industries Tile Division plant was flooded, as was the Plantation Drive-In and a miniature golf course. Water lapped at the sides of the Val-Air Ballroom. In Carlisle, Mayor Larry Anderson said there were numerous reports of water in the basements of homes, but "there were no especially bad damages here." He said rainfall totals measured 7.2 inches in some parts of the community and as much as 8.5 inches in others. At Waukee, in Dallas County, City Administrator Remo Nizz: said the city received "8 or 5 inches of rain between 4 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday. "There was some backup in basements The storm sewer system is just not big enough to take care o: by mid-afternoon. A few cars stalled on city streets and traf- ic slowed to a crawl Wednesday morning, he said. Van Meter City Clerk Dean McCauley said that city received about 5 J /4 inches of rain >y noon. He said the Raccoon River there rose from 3.9 feet at 8 a.m. to 8.9 feet at about 4 p.m. He said flood stage at Van Meter is about 12 feet. Bill Mueller, a Dallas Center rural route mail carrier, said Wednesday morning's thunderstorm was "the worst I've seen in the 21 years I've carried the mail." One bolt of lightning that crossed Mueller's path during he day gave him a few shivers. "I suddenly realized that mailboxes at many rural farmsteads are near trees." While he was delivering mail n the Washington Township of Dallas County a /bolt of lightning struck a tree "hanging over a mail box" about a half- mile up the road on his route. "I've been in rain storms be•ore. But in this one, I was frightened," Mueller said. Before Wednesday, the heaviest rainfall recorded in Des Moines in a 24-hour period came June 11-12 in 1947, when 5.37 inches fell. Wednesday's record-setter was leaviest between 6:45 a.m. and 8:15 a.m., when 2.8 inches fell. portation equipment in maintenance center was esti all that water." mated by one source at $50,000. ' Nizzi said water flooded some Small River j Waukee streets but caused no A small river rushed down major traffic problems. Seventh Street, dumping sev- : At Redfield, in southwestern Powwow planned near Rock Island Th« RMlstir'i lowt Ntwi Strvic* ROCK ISLAND, ILL. - Descendants of Chief Black Hawk and other Sac and Fox Indian chiefs will Hawk State return to Park here Black Labor Day weekend for the thirty-fifth annual Indian Powwow. Performances of Indian ceremonial dances will be at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and at 2 p.m. Monday. Exhibits on American Indian culture, Indian crafts and wood chopping, fire building and dancing contests will be featured. SOLAR UNIT COMING TO CITY By LOUISE SWARTZWALDER lowans will be able to observe how solar energy can heat and cool buildings when a traveling demonstration comes to Des Moines in September. State General Services Director Stanley McCausland said the state has agreed to display the demonstration unit at the Statehouse grounds Sept. 10-14. McCausland said the state is hosting the solar energy projecl because of Iowa's investigatons into solar energy. The 197! Iowa Legislature appropriated $300,000 for a demonstration solar energy project to be used in heating and cooling the Capitol complex. The traveling solar energy project, sponsored by the U.S. Energy Research and Development Administration and Honeywell, Inc., has two units — one housing solar heating and cooling equipment, weather station and control center, and the other represent ing the building to be cooled or heated. Both exhibits are free to the public. The solar equipment will be operating, and data on the efficiency of its operation in Iowa will be collected. McCausland said the information may help the state in planning its solar energy project, although the Iowa project will probably use a different type of collector to catch the sun's rays. Predict 1,380 holiday gun deaths, injuries HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) The National Council on Crime and Delinquency says approximately 1,380 persons will be killed or injured by firearms during the Labor Day weekend The council said Wednesday that homicides, suicides and accidents will account for 230 gun deaths. be the he to III. Attorneys for the wounded idents and families of the ad students told the jury the ooting was an unprovoked d unwarranted action that prived the students of their ihts to life and liberty. wfnl DutlM WIUI fSIIIICo TOie defendants argued that ey were carrying out their wful duties on the campus d fired to protect themselves >m a mob. 'We're certain that there will further appeals in this se," said Charles Brown, 48, e of four defense attorneys'. Jut we're just happy right w that the jury saw that the fendants were only trying to their duty." After Judge Young, 65, dis- issed the jury, Joseph Reiner, , the chief attorney for the aintiffs, denounced the ver- ct as "a travesty of justice." iking the court to set aside e verdict and declare a mis- al, Kelner said that otherwise e jury's decision would go wn in American history as i monument of injustice." Judge Young told Kelner that would consider a written otion for a new trial. He then cessed the court. icorted Home The jurors were escorted in- vldually from the courthouse their homes by U.S. mar- als after the verdict. As the plaintiffs left the urtroom, virtually an of them tears, they hugged and kis- d one another. "There's just no justice. My )d, I can't believe this," pause said as he and his wife, iris, 54, left the courthouse md in hand. At a news conference later, irah Scheuer of Youngstown, lio, whose daughter Sandra je was one of the four slain, clared that her daughter rill never rest in her grave." • 'm Frightened" Elaine Miller Holstein of ainview, N.Y., the mother of other slain student, said the ry gave license to the govern- ent to shdot anybody who esn't agree with them . . . n frightened. The trial was the latest in a ng series of court proceedings id investigations spawned by e Kent State shootings. The President's Commission i Campus Unrest, in August, 70, termed the shootings "in- cusable." A month later, a ecial state grand jury exoner- ed the guardsmen but in- cted 25 students and faculty embers for violation of state jt laws. Three were con- cted, one \sas acquitted, and arges were dismissed against e rest. rdered Destroyed A few months later, a, federal dge ruled that the state grand rv had exceeded its authority, ins nasn, oo, was rouoea or $8 about 6:20 p.m. while he was in a coin-operated laundry at 1712 Sixth Ave. Rash said two men, one armed with a handgun, entered the laundry and demanded his money. Rash said he handed his wallet to the men who took the cash and returned the billfold. The men then ran into an alley, police said. The Hinky Dinky Store at Nineteenth Street and Carpenter Avenue was robbed of an undetermined amount of money about 6 p.m., police said. Two men entered the store and ordered a clerk, Velma Hitt, 51, to fill a sack with money. She told them to take the money themselves, and one of the men reached into a cash drawer and took an unknown number of $10 and $20 bills, police said. One of the men was armed with a handgun. Two men, one armed with a shotgun, entered the apartment of .Chavez Valadez, 22, at 1631 Ninth St. about 9:05 p.m. and robbed Valadez and a friend of $43, police said. Valadez struggled with one of the intruders and was struck on the head with the shotgun, police said. He did not require medical treatment. A Yellow Cab driver also was robbed of about $30 by a man armed with a revolver. The robbery occurred about 10:45 p.m. on E. Eighteenth Street just north of University Avenue, police said. No injuries • , « were reported. Protective steps for motorcyclists WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday motorcycle fatalities are rising and urged riders to take steps to protect themselves. The number of persons killed in motorcycle accidents rose from 3,350 in 1973 to 3,380 in 1974. The board urged inexperienced motorcyclists to become familiar with their bikes — especially mastering front and rear braking — before taking to the highways. It recommended that motorcyclists watch traffic patterns and road conditions to minimize sudden stops, use safety equipment whether required by law or not, wear protective clothing with as much color as possible and keep headlights turned on, even in daylight, to increase conspicuity. Editor dies LOVELOCK, NEV. (AP) Joe Marshall, 50, editor and publisher of the weekly Love- I o c k R e v i e w-Minef , died Wednesday at a hospital here. Find DDT substitutes effective DDT eral inches of water the vault even if the rain had continued. He said the large, round, vault door fits so tightly that it can't be closed when merly dusty. Most cfnroe vpnnrtrvi li"M parking garage and into the; Dallas County, city officials flooding i there reported "about 7 inches" some shops on the lower level, of rain and curb high water on including Ray's Barber and Suzette Candies. Shop ; streets in some parts of town. Dallas Center Mayor Roger " " Damage to city's streets and (Shields said water" stood "in L-IMVIT Hnr><; rnnnnt hn n^corwoH ' hnsomPnt 1 ; of somf homo."! thprp Continued /rom Page One pesticide regulation away from the Agriculture Department and to give it to the new EPA. Sierra Club's View "In the past, the Agriculture Department has amply demonstrated that it does not represent the broad public interest in pesticide matters, particularly with regard to public health and the environment," the Sierra Club told its members in a bulletin this week. "The damaging effects of pesticides are still showing up in the environment," despite EPA's "conscientious" effort to regulate them, the bulletin said. USDA has "officially intervened on the side of the agri- chemical interests" in pesticide cancellation proceedings, the Sierra Club said. / In 1969, a House committee charged that USDA had "failed almost completely" to enforce pesticide control laws and had permitted the marketing of hazardous and food- contaminating pesticides. The next year, pesticide regulation was turned over to EPA. After a lengthy series of hearings, EPA Administrator William D. Ruckelshaus ordered DDT banned in 1972 because of its environmental hazards and potential cancer risk for humans. Split of Kesponsibility Russell E. Train, the current EPA chief, has told Congress that the Poage-Wampler amendment would split responsibility for pesticide regulation and would "result in an administrative nightmare." It would require USDA concurrence before EPA could take any major regulatory step. The new EPA study says that Americans got an average of 13.8 milligrams per day of DDT In the food they ate in 1970, hut nnlv 1 88 milliframs per dav aftpr DDT use was halted. DDT residues in human fatty tissues declined from 8 parts per million to 5.9 parts per million. "Much of the current DDT residual is coming from pesticide treatments applied prior to DDT's cancellation in 1972," EPA reported. "Due to the persistence of these compounds, residues will continue to occur for many years, even after cessation of DDT use." Residues of DDT and related compounds in farm and forest soils "will only decline very slowly" because of the persistent nature of the pesticide, the report said. However DDT levels in Lake Michigan trout and in Coho salmon and salt water molluscs already have dropped, it said. Excessive residue levels in Lake Michigan fish "are no longer frequent occurrences," EPA found. Less in Songbirds DDT residues in migratory songbirds in Florida and in ospreys in New York have dropped. Bird eggshells, which were made thin and brittle by DDT, "now show a pattern of returning to nearer normal thickness," the report said. Although the economic effect of the DDT ban has for .the most part been small, the need to switch to other pesticides, along with the added cost of application, resulted in increased costs of $6 per acre for Southeastern cotton farmers, EPA said. "This is a significant increase in costs, and is at a difficult time for cotton growers because of economic conditions of the industry and the economy generally," it noted. Experience gained since the ban has shown that there are a number of acceptable pesticides available to farmers as replacements for DDT, EPA found. "In most cases, they have been effective in controlling pests and economical to use," the agency said. Attempts have been made to administer the DDT ban with "flexibility," EPA said. Use of the chemical on an emergency basis has been granted to control tussock moths which threatened timber in the Pacific Northwest and to kill pea leaf weevils on drv pea crops in Idaho and Washington.

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