Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on June 9, 1974 · Page 1
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June 9, 1974

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IMHi YEM-tlUWBt S42 Th« Public Interest Is The First Concern Of This Newspaper FAYETTEVIUE, ARKANSAS, SUNDAY, JUNE », 1974 *·» Flood Scenes Loss In Millions A FOOTBRIDGE COLLECTS LOOT .. deposited in the twisted ruins of a roiling RANDOM TOLL OF A FLOOD .. .fe reflected in truck bid (foreground) and litter of dry goods on sideu.-alk Flash Flood Hits Siloam By FLOYD CARL JR. Of the TIMES Stall SILOAM SPRINGS -- It was a wet -- very wet -- day in this West Benton County town, a factor that held down shopping in the central business district and may have saved lives. By late morning thunderstorms had dropped up to 10 inches of water onto the water-1 shed above Siloam Springs and at noon this water arrived in the business section by way of normally placid Sager Creek--a solid, towering swirl of logs, automobiles and foam. City police and firemen received a few minutes notice of the flash flood from residents ip-stream. Emergency vehicles aced through the low-lying business district spreading the alarm. The warnings paid off. Water 0 feet deep in places roared hrough the streets shortly after 2 noon collapsing two build- ngs, ripping walls from others and stranding people on flat Flood Waters Block Roads, Bridges In Benton County Benton County, which escaped the tornadoes and high winds that struck Washington County Thursday, suffered heavy flood damage as a result of Saturday's heavy rains, chiefly in the western portion. Several highways in the county were closed to traffic, but, at presstime. only three routes remained closed due to flood damage. Both counties, as well as several other counties in the area, remained under a flash flood warning Saturday night. Tornado watches and severe Ihunder- storm warnings were also issued Saturday, but were canceled Saturday night by the National Weattier Service office in Port Smith. Authorities reported that bridges were washed out on Hwy. 16 south of Siloam Springs at the Illinois River and on Hwy. 94 east of Pea Ridge at Kitchen Hill. In addition, Hwy. 71 north of Bentonville remained closed due to high water. ROADS REOPENED Other highways which were reported closed but later reopened included, Hwy. 68 near Siloam Springs. Hwy. 43 and Hwy. 59 north of Siloam Springs, Hwy. 71 between Rogers and Bentonville at Turtle Creek, Hwy. 112 between Bentonville and Cave Springs and Hwy. 72 east of Pea Ridge. Several mudslides were reported on Hwy. 71 north of Rogers, but officials say these have now been cleared. The Rogers Police Department reported several homes in ow-Iying areas of the city suffered some flood damage, but hat an evacuation was not necessary. The spokesman said, however, that a few families did leave their homes. A semi-trailer truck, loaded with frozen food, was washed off the road on Hwy. 68 near he Wildcat Bridge Saturday af- ernoon. No injuries were reported. The weather forecast issued late Saturday night was calling for an 80 per cent chance of showers and thundershowers in I he area. HIGH WATER MARK REMAINS i Mtn**» fiat* window of Liberty Saatagi ant Loam GOP Leaders Stress Reform WASHINGTON (AP) -- As fall elections approach under a Wa- ergate cloud, the nation's governors, particularly Kepubli- cans, have come up with a new vay to make themselves look jood without directly attacking he White House. The idea, made clear at the National Governors Conference n Seattle last week, is to show hat in a time of national concern they are the ones moving ahead with the moral clean-up. Washington Gov. Dan Evans, whose state has established nu merous government reforms, expressed the theme in his keynote address. *'ln a number of current issues including government eth ics, campaign finance reform, consumer protection, and no- .ault insurance the record ol many of the states has been one of decisive action in contrast to that of the nationa government," Evans said. California Gov. Ronald Reagan, considered a leading contender for a GOP presidential nomination in 1976. took it the next step. Brushing right past the origins of the Washington scandals, he said the Democratic Congress is dragging its feet on reform. TOP HEAVY Then Rep. John B. Anderson chairman of the House Republi can Conference and a guesl speaker, added another Re publican theme: a top-heavy Democratic Congress would nol only fail to pass reforms bu could dam-age projects backed by state and local governments "A veto-proof Congress could spell the doom of revenue shar ing as we know it today," An derson said. He was echoed lat er by Kenneth Cole, Nixon's chief domestic adviser. By the conference's closing hows the attack was beginning to have effect because Ken tucky Gov. Wendell Ford, hrm self a new Democratic nominee for the Senate, accused the Re publicans of using the term veto-proof Congress as "a cyni cal ploy to detract from the most important issues of 1974.' Despite the political wrangling, part of the theory at leasi Is solid enough. The states have taken the lead in reform, at though it ii not a Republican monopoly. Economic Pact Signed With Saudi Arabia WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States signed on Saturday a wide-ranging economic agreement with Saudi Arabia designed to help the oil-rich but feudal monarchy move into the industrial 20th century. Beginning next month, teams of American businessmen, scientists, educators, agricultural experts will shuttle off to (he Persian Gulf to expand production of fertilizer, establish university science courses, and otherwise assist "En the realiza- ion of Saudi aspirations." A joint statement signed by Secretary of Slate Henry A. Kissinger and Prince Fahd, in- enor minister and likely successor to King Faisal, also romises to keep the Saucii armed forces up to date. Stale Department officials said U.S. survey teams already the kingdom are likely to r orward specific military requests from Faisal. One item may be phantom jets. These officials said Washington is prepared to work out simihir economic alliances with other Arab countries. Egypt already is a candidate and Jordan was said to be a potential one. The agreement made no mention of oil and the boycott Saudi Arabia and other A r a b producers imposed against the United States last year. OIL ASSURANCES However, by helping to create what one U.S. officia called "an atmosphere of sta bility," the United Slates hope? to assure itself and the West, in general, a continuing and ade quale oil supply. Fahd re viewed the subject during three days of talks with Preside-n Nixon, Kissinger and other U.S officials. Saudi policy was urxle.-slooc to be directed toward increaset production and a lowering o prices. American motorists are now paying an all-time high for gasoline. The U.S. officials said the new program would not burden (CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO} Clear Skies Not In Sight The National Weather Service said Saturday night Arkansa could expect more sever weather through Monday. An unseasonably strong low pressure storm «ntcr was deepening in the Oklahoma Panhandle Saturday and new thunderstorms activity occurret over portions of Oklahoma an Kansas ahead of the system Several tornadoes were report ed in Oklahoma Saturday, in eluding one that killed at leas five persons at Dnimright. Showers and thunderstorm were forecast to become mon numerous across tb« state today and tonight. Decreas ing cloudiness and cooler was indicated for Monday. roofs. But no one was killed and injuries were believed minor. Residential districts, chiefly built on higher ground, were largely spared--another factor credited by police with preventing deaths. By early afternoon Siloam Springs police had been reinforced by sheriff's deputies from Benton County and Oklahoma, municipal police from a two-county Arkansas area and a growing force of state troopers. Joined by National Guard troops, police put a halt to the looting that broke out in the shattered business area as flood water receded. "I got to the main street --TIMES;1 hole by K«n Good WRECKAGE LITTERS A SILOAM SPRINGS STREET .. .in front oj bank, savings and loan and a theater near Sager Creek Threatened By Long Delays Watergate Timetables Unlikely To Be Met WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chances are growing increasingly slim that the Watergate timetables established by federal judges and congressional eaders are going to be -met. Both major Watergate trials now are threatened with long d e l a y s . And the House Judiciary Committee's impeachment inquiry, already behind schedule, hasn't yet settled the issue of calling witnesses. Not yet confronted is the growing possibility that the trials and the impeachment process could conflict, forcing a postponement in one or the olh- r. Here is how the situation has d e v e l o p e d : U.S. District Judge Gerhard A. Gesell told White House lawyers on Friday he is considering issuing a contempt citation as a result of President Nixon's refusal to let a defense lawyer accompany his client on an examination of White House files. The conflict NEWS BRIEFS Area Cleans Up SPRINGDALE-- Clean up operations in the Springdale, Tontitown, Elm Springs area continued Saturday following tornadoes «ind high winds which strewed broken limbs and trees throughout the area and demolished several mobile homes. Many residents of Springdale could be seen cutting trees and larger limbs off of houses and automobiles Friday and Saturday. Power company officials said that most electrical service had been restored by Saturday afternoon, as was telephone and television cable service. To Appeal Decision ST. PAUL. Minn. (AP) -The states of Minnesota and Wisconsin will join an appeal of an 8th Circuit Court of Appeals decision which allows Reserve Mining Co., to continue dumping taconite wastes into Lake Superior, officials said Saturday. Govs. Wendell Anderson of Minnesota and Patrick Lucey of Wisconsin said their states will join the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in seeking a review this week of the decision by a three-judge panel. Accept Arab Offer M O G A D I S H U , malia (AP) -- African foreign ministers accepted on Saturday an Arab offer of $200 million to offset increased oil prices, despite African complaints that it wasn't enough. African states, notably Kenya and Ethiopia, who reluctantly backed the Arabs by breaking relations ivith Israel last year, said the amount would go nowhere near compensating Africa for soaring oil import costs. They rie- maiMted at least 3500 million. Twister Damage FORREST CITY. Ark. (AP) --Damage caused hy Thursday night's tornado which killed four persons here was estimated at between $10 million and $20 million Saturday by Police Chief Dave Parkman. To End Testing P A R I S (AP) -- President Valors' Glscard d'Estaing announced Saturday that the imminent series of French nuclear tests in the Pacific will be the last ones conducted in the atmosphere. The French have held tests every summer since 19M at Mururoa, 1,000 miles southeast of Tahiti, despite a growing storm of international protest. between Gesell and the President could delay the start of the Plumbers trial now scheduled for June 17. YEAR'S DELAY Gesell said recently that if the trial doesn't get unuer way on schedule it could be delayed as much as a year. --The Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments on July 8 on whether President Nixon has a right to withhold material subpoenaed as evidence in the cover-up trial, scheduled to start Sept. 9. A court decision could take weeks, possibly coming around Aug. 1. Further delays could postpone the trial. --Only two months ago, congressional leaders were saying the House Judiciary Committee . j'might report its f i n d i n g s early in June. But committee chairman Peter W. Rodino D- M.J.. talks now about the end of July. And still unresolved are demands from the Republican minority lo call witnesses. There had been concern about the possible effect of leaks from the Judiciary Committee on the court cases. But it has been the reverse so far. I! was a leak from the court -news t h a t the grand j u r y had named the President an unin diclcd co-conspirator -- that could influence dramatically t h e deliberations of the Judiciary Committee. while water was still three feet deep," Johnson Police Chief Dick Hoyt said, "and found two men carrying a sofa out through a broken window of Smith Furniture and Appliance." As other police came in the looting was stopped. A city police spokesman said "some" looters were jailed and a state trooper reported arresting two men for looting. "They just got too greedy," he said. There was no immediate official damage estimate but it was clear that the loss would run into the millions of dollars, The six-block area of the business district that was flooded contains most of the city's business houses. "I've lived here tor 49 years." a man said almost to himself as he surveyed the litter left by the flood, "and I never saw the creek do this before." A major shopping center on the Hwy. 68 bypass loop was also flooded. Many vehicles, trapped in the parking lot before they could be moved, were dragged out of four feet of water by National Guard truck* after the water receded. BANK FLOODED "The water in the b a n k (Arkansas State Bank) was way over the tops of the counters,'' State Rep. Preston Bynum of Siloam Springs said. The bank, adjacent to the Liberty Savings and Loan, had a watermark across its glass front that stood 5 feet 7 inches above the sidewalk. Water still poured in sullen streams from the doors of both financial institutions almost four hours after the flood struck. And both stand several feet above the lowest portion! of the business district. Hwy. 68 leading into Siloam Springs was cut for three hours by flood waters and Hwy. 16 between Fayetteville and Siloam Springs was closed when water ripped a 10-foot gap in a highway bridge. Road block were established promptly in the area, but still sightseers poured in only to be turned back at roadblocks inside the soggy city, road blocks manned by police officers and riot-stick armed Guardsmen. WOMEN RESCUED Firemen rescued two women from a downtown motel by boat at the height of the flood, and other people were taken from the bank by a heavy truck that braved the falling water. City firemen used ladders to free other victims trapped on rooftops. The Siloam Springs battery of the 142nd Field Artillery Group was activated early in the afternoon and by late afternoon had been joined by 30 Guardsmen from Fayetteville units of the 142nd. "It's gonna be a bad night for looters," an Oklahoma deputy sheriff observed as he eyed the reinforcements of state troopers and Guardsmen. On the main street the wall of water collapsed the walls and roofs of Henderson Fabrics and the R and D Western Store. Merchandise Irom the two stores-and many others--was scattered along the banks of Sager Creek for miles as the water went down. The waler that ripped buildings apart tossed automobiles about and in two areas bent heavy steel parking meter posts flat with the sidewalks. Ona pickup truck was left straddle of a pedestrian bridge over Sager Creek. For a time Uie flood problem was complicated by downed high tension wires and a broken gas main. c By late afternoon firemen had swept the last of the flood water from their low-lying station and the first clean-up efforts were underway. "It may take awhile." said a wrecker driver. IOCAI FORECAST- Showers and thunderstorms becoming numerous again today with a slight cooling trend. Decreasing cloudiness and cooler Monday. High today near 89 with lows near 60. High Monday is expected to be near 70. Sunset today 8:32. Sunrise Monday 5:59. Weather map on page 2C. Inside Sunday's TIMES Steam Springs Howl hi Pktorw 1 2A mi X Watergate Slaws Whack Of CamaaiMit 3A New life Far OU Schabarg 7A Crossword P*nh) X Hit Preserver laws OiifcuJ oC huayaatiaa Creates A Trw Hoosa ID Editorial 4A Kor Women 1B3B Book Reviews 3C Sports 4C-7C Entertainment SD Classified »D4D

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