Texas City, TX Hurricane, Aug 1915
TEXAS CITY UNDER FIVE FOOT FLOOD.
INFORMATION AS TO DAMAGE DONE BY TROPICAL STORM IS MEAGRE.
TEXAS COAST SWEPT.
GALVESTON IN GREATEST PERIL -- WILD RUMORS SAY CAUSEWAY AND SEA WALL WRECKED -- NO LOSS OF LIFE IS KNOWN.
Dallas, Texas, Aug. 17. (AP) -- Only meagre information was available at noon today concerning the terrific tropical storm that yesterday struck the Texas coast, flooding Galveston and then sweeping inland, doing heavy damage to crops and farm property.
So far as known no lives were lost, Galveston, Houston and Beaumont, three of the principal cities of south Texas, still were cut off from wire communication. A brief wireless dispatch stating that Galveston, after weathering one of the worst storms in fifteen years, was under five feet of water, brought the only difinite information in several hours concerning the fate of the coast city, soncerning which many rumors had been afloat in the last 24 hours.
The Galveston dispatch made no mention of loss of life. It said the five feet of water in the streets was slowly draining offland, that fires started probably as a result of flood damage had been placed under control. The dispatch said also that the United States transport McClellen had broken from her moorings and drifted half a mile seaward. Wireless stations at Port Arthur and Fort Crockett were also said to be out of commission.
No direct word concerning the sea wall and causeway on which Galveston's existence iin storm times so largely depends had come from the city itself. Railroad and other reports from various sources, however, stated that large sections of the causeway which connects the city with the mainland had been blown or washed away. One report was that a large vessel had been blown through the causeway. At the offices of the Santa Fe railroad at Temple, Texas, it was stated that two work trains had been ordered to the coast to assist in repairing the damaged causeway.
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