One person is dead and three others narrowly missed tragedy following a weekend storm that caused surging water to inundate even dry rivers and covered roadways in Uvalde County and surrounding areas. According to the weather station monitored by Texas A&M AgriLife, Uvalde received 4.02 inches of rain over the weekend, with the majority deposited on Saturday during a heavy downpour.
PHOTOS: Pete Luna|Leader-News – Uvalde volunteer firefighter Patrick Williams lifts up Selena Mendoza as firefighter Gene Ayala (whose arm is pictured) reaches for the young woman. She was rescued early Sunday at the Taylor Slough bridge.
Pete Luna|Leader-News – A vehicle remains in the Leona River hours after Uvalde volunteer firefighters rescued the driver. The incident occurred early Sunday morning.
Area residents looking to celebrate Memorial Day weekend outdoors were forced to take a rain check after back-to-back storms dropped a deluge on Uvalde County and surrounding areas.
Meteorologist Cory Van Pelt with the National Weather Service said weekend storms were brought on by an upper-level low that developed in west Texas.
“Combined with moisture from the Pacific, and we just keep getting rain over and over again,” VanPelt said.
According to the weather station monitored by Texas A&M AgriLife, precipitation on Saturday, Sunday and Monday deposited 2.19, 1.78 and 0.05 inches, respectively. The three-day total of 4.02 inches brings the year-to-date total to 17.23 inches. The 111-year-to-date average for Uvalde is 8.73 inches.
The J-27 index well of the Edwards Aquifer measured Wednesday at 837.3, up significantly from Friday when it was 831.0 feet above mean sea level.
In 1927, the city oversaw the dedication of a war memorial to honor county residents who died in service during World War I. Thirty-five names were etched into the memorial situated at Uvalde Memorial Park, and since then the number has grown to 140.
Uvalde County Judge Bill Mitchell solemnly listed the conflicts and corresponding number of Uvalde County casualties during a Memorial Day ceremony held Monday at the Uvalde County Fairplex.
In World War I, 35 county residents died in service; WWII, 90; Korea, two; Vietnam, 11; Afghanistan, one; and Iraq, one.
Those servicemen were remembered during a moment of silence incorporated into a wreath laying ceremony held in front of the Veterans Memorial Wall.
Uvalde County Sheriff’s deputies Patrick Swanner and Felix Rubio as well as patrol Sgt. Gil Valdez participated in a 21-gun salute. They were led in the salute by Deputy Kevin Carr, who served in the U.S. Army.
The 2015 Uvalde County Relay for Life is scheduled Saturday at Uvalde County Fairplex.
This year, the race will be a little different. The celebration will start at 6 p.m. and end at midnight, instead of lasting through the night like in years past.
Organizers hope that moving the event to a Saturday and ending it at midnight will encourage more people to participate, especially teenagers and young adults.
So far, 14 teams and 153 participants have officially raised $16,835, according to the online tally.
Jennifer Longoria and Jennifer Potter are this year’s Uvalde County Relay for Life co-chairmen. For more information call 830-591-3634.
Relay representatives say they would love to see a big turnout for the Relay to ensure that the American Cancer Society gets a good donation from Uvalde County. The highest money raisers are recognized throughout the Relay for Life event.
Though the recent rains have been wonderful for the area, one downside is a potential explosion in mosquito populations. Since the insects require pools of standing water to hatch their young, steady showers make for perfect breeding grounds.
Uvalde High School was recently named a topperforming Teens in the Driver Seat school, receiving third-place out of 74 participating campuses in the state. In addition, Uvalde Police Detective Shayne Gilland, who spearheaded the Teens in the Driver Seat program in Uvalde, received a Spon-Star award for his efforts.
Uvalde Police Department Detective Donald Page (right) and Officer Greg Villa look for evidence inside a wrecked Chevrolet pickup truck. The driver was hospitalized and found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia Thursday after colliding with a trailer attached to another vehicle on Hacienda Road.
Everyone knows a hero. You might call him grandpa or abuelo, or dad, or maybe he – or she – is a neighbor instead of a relative. Maybe he was drafted into the armed forces, or maybe he heard the call of duty and enlisted. Maybe he was killed defending his country or maybe he came home with scars – some visible, others hidden inside.
Longtime city of Uvalde employee Juan Zamorahas been promoted to the position of director of public works. The announcement was made Tuesday. Zamora will fill the position left vacant following the resignationof Joe Jarosek in April.Jarosek was recently hired as city manager in Vernon.
The 13th-annual Utopia Ranch Rodeo, set this Sunday, is a different kind of rodeo where cowboys never quit and he excitement is contagious. Starting at 7 p.m. onSunday at the Utopia Park Arena, 10 of the top area ranches will send their best cowboys to compete in branding, wild cow milking, penning and mugging, and bronc riding.