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Laredo Squadron - 09/25/1964

Laredo Squadron - 09/25/1964

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Civil Air Patrol - Texas
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1964-0925
THE
DISASTER
RESEARCH
CENTER
THE
OHIO
STATE
UNIVERSITY
COLUMBUS,
OHIO
43210
Research
Note
#9
Some
Research Questions and
Planning
Implications Raised
by Observations
Made
at
a
Flood
Threat in Laredo, Texas,
and
Nuevo
Laredo,
Mexico,
September
25,
1964.
BY
James
R.
Hundley,
Jr,
Department
of
Sociology
January
15,
1965
Much of the
material
in
this
preliminary report
has
been
derived
using
funds from the Office
of
Civil Defense, Office
of
the
Secretary
of
the Army, under
Contract
No.
OCD-PS
64-46,
Subtask
265lA.
The report
has
not,
however,
yet
been
reviewed
formally
by
the
Departrnent
of
Defense nor
issued
officially by
OCD
to
the
general public,
 
INTRODUCTION
As
a result of heavy rains
in
late September
of
up to five inches
in
partsof Southwest Texas, the
Rio
Grande Rives and its tributaries
rose
to flood ornear-flood stage
in
Del Rio, Eagle Pass, and Laredo on the American side aswell
as
in
the Mexican towns
of
Villa Acuna, Piedras Negras, and NuevoLaredo.
Of
paricular concern on Friday, September
25,
1964,
was
Laredo,Texas,
where
Weather Bureau and International Boundary and Water
Cornmission
officials predicted
the
water would rise to
a
39-42.5
foot level. Since this
was
9-12.5
feet above flood stage, the
DRC
dispatched
a
staff member to the scene.Because there
were
only
infrequent flights to Laredo, the field workerhad to take a bus from
San
Antonio, and arrived
in
the supposedly-endangeredarea at
noon
on
Sunday, September
27.
Both formal and informal interviewswere conducted
in
Laredo and Nuevo Laredo
on
Sunday,
Monday,
and Tuesday.Organizations contacted
in
Laredo
included:Civil Air Patrol
4th
Army, Fort Sam HoustonAmerican National Red CrossCivil DefensePolice DepartmentRadio Station
KVOZ
Organizations contacted
in
Nuevo Lar do included:Police DepartmentCity GovernmentContrary to the original prediction,
the
waters
of
the Rio Grande hadcrested at only
34.2
feet
in
the vicinity of Laredo.
As
a
consequence,
only
four
homes
were
damaged by flood waters.
In
essence there
had
only been a threat,not an actual community disaster.Even
for
the threat, the twelve hour warning
 
-2-
before the crest occurred had given city and organizationalofficials ample timeto plan and execute such evacuation, shelter, and feeding operations as had beenundertaken,Since
it
was evident on Sunday that no community organization had under-gone any major stress, the field work focused upon the alerting and preparationprocedures. hitially, agencies
on
the American side were contacted,
and
Mon-
day
afternoon and Tuesday was spent examining organizational responses
in
Nuevo Laredo.
in
Laredo because of the language differences and the greater inaccessibilityof city officials.not seem
to
warrant a
more
extensive study,
so
the
DRC
staff member returnedafter four days.Obtaining information
in
Nuevo Laredo was more difficult thanThe absence of major strain on community organizations didThe following pages point out some
of
the research questions and planningimplications that emerged from a consideration
of
the limited data obtained
in
this
field excursion. The questions and implications are divided into threecategories, those pertaining
(1)
to
CD
organizations,
(2) to
other organizations,and(3)o community emergency social systems.questionsand implications are posed, although occasionally hypotheses areadvanced.ables to which field workers might be responsive, and
to
indicate
some
racticalfactors that might be considered
in
planning for the mobilization
and
activity
of
organizations and communities
in
large-
cale
emergencies,
No
attempt
is
madeto present
answers
or detail recommendations, nor
is
any
effort
made
to
analyzethe specific responses
to
this
particular flood
threat.
merely
used
for
illustrative purposes.
In
most instances,
only
The basic purpose of this report is to suggest
some
research vari-The incident itself is

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