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SERVING SOUTH TEXAS SINCE 1865

FLOOD OF 2002

Damage list grows

S.A. ranks as top site for Army South HQ
Rumsfeld is to make the decision, possibly this week.
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BY SIG CHRISTENSON
EXPRESS-NEWS MILITARY WRITER

GLORIA FERNIZ/STAFF

Chairs, life jackets, porch railing and other items of debris collect around a home in Seguin. The Guadalupe River continued to run high on Sunday. A

low-pressure system was gathering over the Gulf of Mexico, sparking worries of more rainfall.

Affected counties
Gov. Rick Perry is seeking federal aid for 17 counties in addition to the 13 already on the federal disaster list. Nine counties are still being surveyed by authorities. Requested
■ Brown ■ Caldwell ■ Dimmitt ■ Duval ■ Eastland ■ Frio ■ Goliad ■ Gonzales ■ Hidalgo ■ Jim Wells ■ Karnes ■ La Salle ■ Real ■ Taylor ■ Val Verde ■ Wilson ■ Zavala

More Texas counties seek aid
BY SCOTT HUDDLESTON
EXPRESS-NEWS STAFF WRITER

The Army is recommending that Fort Sam Houston be the new home of U.S. Army South, a headquarters that would bring up to 700 jobs to San Antonio. But a powerful Georgia congressman is challenging the recommendation, which needs the approval of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld — a decision that could come this week. Army South, based in Puerto Rico, oversees operations in 32 Central and South American countries and has 1,250 military and civilian workers. It adds $160 million a year to Puerto Rico’s economy but myriad problems there have , the Pentagon strongly considering a move. In addition to Texas officials, politicians from several Deep South states, including Louisiana, Mississippi and Georgia, have wooed top Army officials in hopes of winning the headquarters. Over the past 18 months, the Army studied 11 communities in the Midwest and South. In August, it narrowed the site list to Fort Sam Houston and Fort McPherson, Ga. Fort Sam eventually won out in part because of its vacant old Brooke Army Medical Center building, which would be renovated by a private developer at no cost to the Army . “The availability of facilities and accessibility to Southern Command and Latin America and the ability to provide garrison support and facilities without significant costs, would have an advantage in this time of centralizing and consolidation,” said Lt. Col. Tom Budzyna, an Army South spokesman. But things heated up again after Rep. Michael See ARMY/6A

Awaiting more surveys
■ Bastrop ■ Burnet ■ DeWitt ■ Edwards ■ Lavaca ■ Live Oak ■ Llano ■ McMullen ■ Williamson

Already declared
■ Atascosa ■ Bandera ■ Bexar ■ Blanco ■ Comal ■ Gillespie ■ Guadalupe ■ Hays ■ Kendall ■ Kerr ■ Medina ■ Travis ■ Uvalde

Even as South Texans continue to assess flood damage and clean up their homes this week, any hopes that the worst is over might be premature. Gov Rick Perry after touring Can. , yon Lake, New Braunfels and other areas of Comal County on Sunday an, nounced he has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to add 17 more counties to the 13 already in line to receive federal disaster assistance. The death toll stood at eight Sunday . Perry at one point said it had risen to 12, but he was relying on a report from the Division of Emergency Management, which later corrected the number back to eight. “We’re not past the dangerous period of time, by any stretch of the imagination,” Perry said, noting that during his aerial tour he saw people jet-skiing on Canyon Lake despite an emergency order prohibiting watercraft on the lake. The governor voiced concern about a low-pressure system over the Gulf of Mexico that the National Hurricane Center was monitoring with aircraft late Sunday as a potential tropical depression that could bring more rain to

Lawmakers covering all their bases
They’re trying to keep budget ax from falling on military facilities.
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EXPRESS-NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU

Karen Kohler (from left front) and her friends Andrea Morrissette and Cassie Owen dig mud off the yard of a home in New Braunfels on Sunday.
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the region. Another concern, Perry said, is for downstream communities. “It’s going to be some days before they get the bulk of this water through their communities,” he said.

In Gonzales, DeWitt, Goliad and LaSalle counties, residents were taking advantage of the advance warning and moving their belongings to higher ground. Late Sunday afternoon, the Guadalupe River, while a good 20 feet See CONCERN/6A

Investors taking stock of glum market
Bad news will be reflected in second-quarter financial statements.
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EXPRESS-NEWS BUSINESS WRITER

Investors and 401(k) account holders who receive their second-quarter financial statements in the next few days are in for an unpleasant shock, if they aren’t already depressed

about the stock market’s dismal performance. A rash of funky accounting in corporate America and fears about terrorism have pushed stock market levels down. At one point last week, both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite indexes were below their postSept. 11 lows. “Investors don’t like what has gone on with Enron, WorldCom, Martha Stewart and insider trading,” said James Blend, a regional leader with brokerage Edward Jones in San Antonio.

Investors aren’t panicked, he said, but they are concerned. And they’re wondering what they should do with their investments to prevent further losses. Most investors lack confidence in the accuracy of corporate earnings statements, said Karan Bhanot, finance professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio. That’s affected their ability to select good investments. “If you don’t know what a company is earning, you can’t tell how much it is worth,” Bhanot said.
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So some investors have put their money into investments they perceive as safer, like bonds, money markets or saving accounts. Others have sunk big sums into real estate. When Independence Day celebrations went off without incident, the markets surged on Friday The Dow . Jones industrial average jumped 324 points to close at 9,379. The Nasdaq closed up 68 at 1,448. But analysts warned that the surge could be temporary . See INVESTORS/6A
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WASHINGTON — With a wary eye toward the next round of base closures, South Texas lawmakers are quietly shoring up local military installations to make them less desirable targets for the budget ax. Congress passed legislation, signed into law by President Bush, that calls for a round of deep cuts in 2005 to free up funds the Pentagon says will be better used for weapons and training. But senators and congressmen from cities and states with a large military presence are resisting the politically painful process of eliminating installations that provide a huge economic boost to local economies. And some are attacking the base closure law itself. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, took the Senate floor last month and cited costly blunders from previous rounds in her plea to the Pentagon to develop a more open evaluation of military installations before another series of cuts is conducted. “A round of closures riddled with mistakes could be more costly than no closures at all,” Hutchison said. Hutchison has crafted an amendment, signed by 16 senators, that would force the Department of See LAWMAKERS/6A
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