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Happy July 4

Despite rain, celebrations will go on
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Patriotic chic: Red, white and blue
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Staying put
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THURSDAY, JULY 4, 2002

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9-11 means it’s a different kind of 7-4
Security to blanket celebrations
BY GARY MARTIN
EXPRESS-NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU

Inside
Muslims plan to keep low profile/13A ■ Overseas Americans wary/14A ■ Terror alerts don’t stop New Yorkers/15A ■ Holiday closings/2B ■ A listing of area events not rained out/3B

U.S. is shaken, but not reeling
BY JAIME CASTILLO
EXPRESS-NEWS STAFF WRITER

WASHINGTON — As Americans celebrate Independence Day they’ll do so under , heightened security . Fighter jets will patrol the nation’s sky and a special coordination center under Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge will monitor 2,000 large and medium-sized events across the country as FBI agents work with local law enforcement to guard against a terror attack. “There will be a substantial number of beefed-up actions across the country ,”

White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said Wednesday . “When Americans gather in large numbers, they can become a target.” In San Antonio, where emergency personnel have been working overtime because of flooding that has ravaged the city , no extraordinary security measures are planned for Independence Day celebrations, Mayor Ed Garza said. “Right now, our focus has been the floods,” he said. Terrorists struck New York and WashSee SECURITY/12A

Bruised by corporate scandal, shaken by terrorism and worried about young men and women at war, millions of Americans will celebrate their freedom today knowing the country is a different place than it was a year ago. It may not be the swelling pride once associated with Apollo rocket missions and improbable Olympic victories. But it will be the quiet confidence of a country that has pulled together after terrorists struck symbols of a strong nation — the Twin Towers

and the Pentagon — Sept. 11. There will be speeches, parades and fireworks, but most people will show their patriotism by simply living their lives. Some will do it with a stiff upper lip wrapped around a hot dog at a family barbecue. Some will enjoy a ball game with friends on a sunny — one hopes — afternoon. And many will let the Stars and Stripes hanging from their porch do the talking for them. But nearly all will do it with the knowledge that life has changed. See AMERICAN/12A

FLOOD OF 2002

S.A. area declared disaster

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Gov. Rick Perry gestures to County Judge Nelson Wolff as they fly over inundated areas of San Antonio in a Texas Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter.

Forecasters saying more rain is likely
BY AMY DORSETT AND DANE SCHILLER
EXPRESS-NEWS STAFF WRITERS

COVERAGE HIGHLIGHTS
■ Rising waters at Canyon Lake sparks cancellation of July 4 festivities/6A ■ Search continues for missing Southeast Side couple/7A ■ Weather forces postponement on some final exams/7A ■ High water could force varmints into neighborhoods/7A ■ Rain of little help to Valley farmers, who balk at pact with Mexico/8A ■ Flooding takes out 175-year-old cotton gin in Luckenbach/8A ■ Hundreds trapped for two days in Concan finally able to get out/8A ■ Damage could spell end for Macaroni Grill in Leon Springs/9A ■ Insurance adjusters give advice on filing storm claims/9A ■ Some businesses being deluged while others see business dry up/9A
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The rain mercifully slowed Wednesday giving waterlogged , residents a chance to start the tedious task of cleaning up as Gov . Rick Perry toured the area by air and declared it a disaster. Rain fell again Wednesday night, bringing new flash flood warnings, but as quickly as waters rose, they receded. Late Wednesday , National Weather Service forecasters were busy recalculating rain chances

based on new information that didn’t bode well for San Antonio. “We’re probably going to continue receiving rain,” said Joe Baskin, weather service meteorologist in New Braunfels. Earlier in the day forecasters , had put the chance of rain for the San Antonio area at 30 percent today and 20 percent Friday . That likely would go up to 40 percent, Baskin said. “It might slacken up in the afternoon, then pick up again (tonight),” Baskin said. See S.A. AREA/6A

Residents now facing massive cleanup job
BY JOHN MACCORMACK
EXPRESS-NEWS STAFF WRITER

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At Medina Lake, water flowed 7 feet deep over the dam spillway. It had risen within 5 feet of the top of the dam. Gov. Rick Perry issued a disaster declaration Wednesday for 29 counties affected by the storm.

After dumping as much as 2 feet of rain on some areas over the past week, an unexpected mid-summer storm system slowly moved westward Wednesday as recovery efforts began in , its wake. The out-of-season storm leaves at least three dead, hundreds homeless, tens of millions of dollars in property damage and several area lakes brimming at all-time highs. “This was definitely unusual, especially for late June or early
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July Normally our dry period . , starts in late June and we don’t get this kind of storm,” said Constantine Pashos, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Forecasters had expected the storm to head north, slowing easing west, but new forecasts were being developed late Wednesday night. “The central and eastern Hill Country is going to continue to receive possibly 3-6 inches (Wednesday night),” said Joe Baskin, also an NWS meteroloSee 29 COUNTIES/8A
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Chance of storms High 89, Low 73 Full weather report, Page 8E

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