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Alert - HTST2 - Lavaca River at Hallettsville (Texas)

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Alert conditions are not currently being met.

Flood Categories

Primary (ft)

  • Action : 20 ft
  • Minor : 27 ft
  • Moderate : 28 ft
  • Major : 29 ft

Secondary (kcfs)

  • Action : Not Set
  • Minor : Not Set
  • Moderate : Not Set
  • Major : Not Set

The forecast flood categories are the same as the observation flood categories.

Gauge Data


Latest Observation Category: Normal
Latest Observation: 2.52 ft
Latest Observation (Secondary): 0.0003 kcfs
Observation Time: Jun 30, 2018 03:15 AM -0500


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U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Data and Site Info for Hallettsville: USGS ID: 08163500

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Source:: Lavaca River at Hallettsville (ALERT)


Police find $1.2M in marijuana when trying to arrest unrelated suspect

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Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office(CANTON, Ga.) — Police in Georgia showed up at an upscale house in Cherokee County looking for a suspected criminal on Friday only to find a completely unrelated $1.2 million marijuana grow house operation — and a very elusive homeowner.

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the home of Carlos Suarez-Diaz in Canton, Georgia, on a completely unrelated warrant just before noon on Friday when they stumbled upon the massive basement grow operation.

“When deputies attempted to make contact with the wanted subject — not Suarez-Diaz — they located an unsecured door in the basement area of the home,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “When the deputy opened that door, they observed what appeared to be a large marijuana grow house.”

Large may have been an understatement, as the sheriff’s office ended up seizing 287 marijuana plants and more than 100 pounds of weed, according to authorities.

The Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad told Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB-TV that the marijuana had a street value of $1,287,000.

“This is not a mom-and-pop operation,” Cherokee Narcotics Squad Cmdr. Phil Price told WSB-TV. “This is a very sophisticated operation.”

The sheriff’s office found Suarez-Diaz after entering the house, but he immediately ran and led police on a chase through several backyards in the upscale Canton neighborhood, filled with $500,000 homes, about 40 miles north of Atlanta.

Suarez-Diaz was eventually captured, but the sheriff’s office said the suspect then slipped out of his cuffs and took off again, attempting to scale a backyard fence before being recaptured.

Suarez-Diaz was charged with four felonies: trafficking marijuana, possession/manufacturing of marijuana, obstruction of an officer and escaping custody. He is being held at Cherokee County Adult Detention Center without bond.

“We believe, based on what we see here, that the marijuana’s being shipped out of state,” Price told WSB-TV.

The sheriff’s office also recovered multiple firearms from the home.

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Source:: National News


Sports radio broadcaster dies after being swept away by floodwaters in Iowa

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By Michael Dobuski

1350 ESPN(DES MOINES, Iowa) — A sports radio broadcaster died when he stepped out of a stalled van and was swept away by a raging flashflood in Iowa, officials said.

The torrential rainstorm struck Saturday night in the Midwest, bringing more than 7 inches of rain in just a few hours to Des Moines, and triggering dozens of water rescues and evacuations, authorities said.

One of the rescue calls was for people stranded in a van on a flooded street in Des Moines about 8:50 p.m. local time, according to police.

“As officers responded, it was reported that the occupants had left the van and that one person, a 66-year-old male Des Moines resident, had been swept away in the flash-flood waters,” Sgt. Paul Parizek, of the Des Moines Police Department, said in a statement.

The man’s body was recovered at 12:39 a.m. Sunday, several blocks from where the van stalled, Parizek said.

He was identified Sunday morning as Larry Bruce Cotlar, a local sports radio broadcaster who hosted the weekly radio show “Cotlar and Company” on 1350 ESPN in Iowa. He was also the play-by-play announcer for Drake University men’s basketball games.

“All of us at 1350 ESPN and the Des Moines Radio group are devastated by the loss of our voice, our colleague, and our friends, Larry Cotlar,” the radio station said in a statement Sunday. “Larry was the voice of sports in Central Iowa.

“Today, our thoughts are with his wife, Deb, and their son, Zach. There is absolutely no replacing Larry. He will be thought of fondly and missed greatly by his family, friends, and his extended families in the sports and broadcasting communities.”

Storms were still moving through parts of the Midwest Sunday, with additional flash flooding possible.

Slow-moving thunderstorms in the Midwest brought torrential rain to central Iowa on Saturday night, including 7.3 inches of rain in just a few hours, causing widespread flash flooding in Des Moines.

More storms are expected Sunday afternoon from Illinois to Michigan to Wisconsin, with damaging winds, large hail and brief tornadoes possible.

Two to 4 inches of rain is possible from northern Iowa to Wisconsin, with any slow-moving storm capable of bringing flash flooding.

A.J. Mumm, director of the Polk County Emergency Management, told ABC News that dozens of water rescues were conducted Saturday night after numerous reports of flashing flooding started coming in about 7:30 p.m. Mumm said rescuers saved several people trapped in vehicles by flood waters and had to evacuate a nursing home.

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Source:: Sports News


30th anniversary of the world's deadliest offshore oil disaster

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By Michael Dobuski

iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON, Texas) — The world’s deadliest offshore oil disaster, the Piper Alpha explosion, happened 30 years this week.

One hundred sixty-seven workers perished in the fire that followed an explosion on July 6, 1988, caused by a gas leak on the North Sea oil rig, 120 miles off the northeast coast of Scotland.

The rig was owned by Occidental Petroleum Corporation, an international oil and gas exploration and production company headquartered in Houston, Texas. After burning for six weeks, the fire was put out by Paul Neal ‘Red’ Adair, an experienced oil well fireman.

William Douglas Cullen, Baron Cullen of Whitekirk, led a public inquiry into the disaster. What became known as the Cullen Report was released in two volumes: findings of the investigation and the lessons learned.

After two years of research, Lord Cullen made 106 recommendations in his report, all of which were accepted by the industry, according to Oil & Gas UK, the trade association for the sector.

He recommended industry-specific safety guidelines and created a “goal-setting” atmosphere, where legislators, stakeholders and trade associations work together to mitigate risk. The industry then created Step Change in Safety to refocus efforts on safety and to deliver 50 percent improvement in safety compliance.

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Source:: National News


Newspaper where 5 gunned down thanks public, affirms mission: 'We are journalists'

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By Michael Dobuski

iStock/Thinkstock(ANNAPOLIS, Md.) — Three days after a gunman opened fire in the Capital Gazette newspaper office, killing five staff, the publication in Annapolis, Maryland, thanked the community for its support in a piece printed on its Sunday opinion section.

“Thank you. We will not forget,” read the headline.

“Thank you for the outpouring of sympathy for the terrible tragedy that took place Thursday in our Annapolis office,” the article begins.

It goes on to name the five staff killed: Rob Hiaasen, Gerald Fischman, Wendi Winters, John McNamara and Rebecca Smith, saying the newspaper will never forget them.

The survivors at the Capital Gazette will also remember their community, the “thousands who turned out to support us in a march to City Dock,” the piece continued. “Thank you for the cards, the letters, the emails and the flowers. Thank you for the food, the text messages and the signs.”

The article also noted the expressions of appreciation for their journalism, including the more than 800 new subscriptions to the paper’s digital edition on Friday.

But the piece also mentioned more negative reactions and seemed to allude to one of President Trump’s criticisms of the press.

“Here’s what else we won’t forget: Death threats and emails from people we don’t know celebrating our loss,” the Capital wrote. “We won’t forget being called an enemy of the people,” an apparent allusion to Trump’s tweet in 2017 that called the media in general – and some news organizations by name – “an enemy of the American people.”

The paper goes on to reaffirm its mission. “No, we won’t forget that. Because exposing evil, shining light on wrongs and fighting injustice is what we do … We are journalists.”

The article ends with the names of 33 of the surviving staff.

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Source:: National News


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