The Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) has lifted Stage 2 restrictions for Edwards Aquifer users within the Uvalde Pool. The change is now effective, but the EAA cautioned that a return to Stage 2 is likely without rainfall in the near future.
The lifting of Stage 2 means that Uvalde County is under no mandatory pumping reductions. Despite this change in EAA policy, the city of Uvalde has not revised or lifted local water restrictions. As it stands now, city utility customers are still expected to follow Stage 5 water restrictions as ordered by Uvalde City Council.
The pool has been under some form of pumping reductions since March 28, 2013.
The EAA was able to lift Stage 2 based on the 10-day rolling average water level at the J27 index well in Uvalde rising to more than 850 feet above mean sea level. Stage 2 required Edwards groundwater permit holders to reduce pumping by 5 percent off their authorized amounts.
According to a 30-year trend calculated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center, Southwest Texas’ peak heat of summer runs from Aug. 11-15.
On average, heat-related illnesses cause more than 600 deaths every year. From 2001 to 2010, more than 28,000 people were hospitalized for heat-related illnesses, explains a press release from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
People suffering from heat-related illnesses may experience heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale, and clammy skin; fast, weak pulse; and nausea or vomiting. Early signs include muscle cramps, heat rash and fainting or near-fainting spells. Anyone showing these signs should be moved to a cooler location and lie down; apply cool, wet cloths to the body; and sip non-alcoholic fluids.
Key ingredients sit on local store shelves and can cost less than $100, which, according to police, is why the production and use of methamphetamine is a growing problem in Uvalde.
Just last month, Uvalde law enforcement arrested two men and one woman allegedly involved in the production, use or distribution of methamphetamine.
The designer drug is made of toxic and flammable ingredients including acetone, lithium, toluene, hydrochloric acid, sodium hydroxide, sulfuric acid, and ammonia, which are found in household items like drain cleaners, battery acid, and antifreeze.
According to police, the chemicals can remain on household surfaces for months or years, causing cancer, organ damage and other health problems.
Methamphetamine can be snorted, injected, ingested, or smoked. Common street names include meth, crank, chalk and speed.
Uvalde Volunteer Firefighters worked feverishly on Saturday to extinguish a a fire that tore through a mobile home. Local firefighters were dispatched to Milam Street at approximately 12:20 p.m. According to the department, two pumper trucks were utilized and 14 firefighters made the scene.
Flaco Jiménez of the Texas Tornados (seated, left) signs a boot for an excited young fan as concert attendee Carolyn Lampe (center) looks on. The Texas Tornados, composed of several new members as well as original members Jiménez and Augie Meyers, were in Uvalde on Saturday night for a performance at the Janey Slaughter Briscoe Grand Opera House.
by Kimberly Rubio, staff writer Uvalde City Council on Monday rejected an $8.7 million bid proposal for construction on the first phase of the city’s street repair project. Council opted to seek new bids, which will delay construction by more than 30 days. Work was scheduled to begin this month. Last week, during a public meeting, council members opened the sole base bid of $8,755,016 submitted by Anderson Columbia of Weslaco. John Rothe, vice president of engineering operations at CDS Muery, previously estimated a base bid of $5 million. After the budget-busting bid was opened, he advised council to rebid the project.
AEP Texas crews will be working today, Aug. 4, to change a transformer located at the Leona service center in Uvalde. Rolling outages may be implemented if demand exceeds equipment capabilities, but AEP's local community affairs manager Rita Parrish is optimistic that outages can be avoided.
Uvalde EMS checks out a man’s arm after he and his family were involved in a one-vehicle rollover. The family of four was traveling from Arizona to Mission when they suffered a blow out on Thursday, which caused the driver to over correct. All four occupants were transported to Uvalde Memorial Hospital.
Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department members recently spent a few days at the Nueces River, but the excursion was not for relaxation. Seventeen members of the department, with one firefighter accompanied by his daughter, participated in swiftwater rescue training.
One week after the filing of a civil lawsuit against himself as well as the county of Uvalde, Sheriff Charles Mendeke said on Tuesday that the claims made by former investigator Armando Garcia are slanderous.
“These remarks are totally false,” Mendeke said of the lawsuit that claims he fired Garcia for investigating another deputy for alleged drug use and other inappropriate activities. The sheriff issued a written statement following a request for comment made by this newspaper.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Del Rio, also calls out, by name, other deputies in the sheriff’s employ. In it, Garcia says he was fired after involving the 38th Judicial District Attorney and Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Mendeke refutes that claim.
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