The great Galveston disaster, containing a full and thrilling account of the most appalling calamity of modern times including vivid descriptions of the hurricane Page: 445
GALVESTON STORM STORIES. 445
doubtless remain in the mass of chaos-like wreckage and may be
recovered as the piles are cleared away.
"In a walk over the flats on Friday I turned off the water-or
rather turned the faucets so as to prevent the water running
out-wherever I saw a water pipe, and I would suggest that others
seeing water pipes should do the same thing. The waterworks
employes are doubtless looking after these pipes as far as practical,
but where so large a district is covered as in the late storm it is
almost impossible to find all of them. Water is the prime necessity
at this time, and every pipe turned off saves that much water
when the works once start up."
Mr. David H. Hall, city electrician, completed a thorough
canvass of the condition of affairs regarding the electric plant of
the city. He said it was like awakening from a nightmare to get
around and hustle to repair the appalling losses and destruction
of property. Speaking after his canvass of the city and inspection
of the city's electric light plant, Mr. Hall said:
PREPARING TO LIGHT THE CITY.
"While the damage to the municipal electric light plant is
very extensive, there is a great deal of salvage and nothing to
interfere with an early resumption of operations. Temporary
sheds will be erected at once over the engines and dynamos and
they will be soon put in condition for service. The principal
mains, on Market street and Ball avenue, I find to be intact.
The engines can be operated as soon as the steam pipes and the
breaching to the boilers can be repaired. We will have the business
district between avenue A and Church street, Twentieth
street and Rosenberg avenue, lighted within a week or ten days.
This is about th'e earliest date that we deem it safe to turn on the
current owing to the amount of debris in the streets, the large
number of men engaged in saving property and the menace to
life and property that an electric current might prove to be.
"One circuit in the business district will be completed in two
days. The entire lighting service in that territory embracing
Tenth street to Thirty-seventh street, avenues A to avenues K
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Lester, Paul. The great Galveston disaster, containing a full and thrilling account of the most appalling calamity of modern times including vivid descriptions of the hurricane, book, 1900~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26719/m1/503/: accessed July 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .