September 7 in San Antonio history…
World War I – 1915
The House and the State Department continued to preserve strict silence Monday on the published statement to Ambassador Dumba of Austria that he had taken part in a movement to curtail production of war materials in the United States by reminding Austro-Hungarian subjects that they were violating the criminal code of their native land by accepting employment in U.S. munitions plants. The ambassador will be meeting with Secretary of State Lansing.
Rain began falling in San Antonio and would continue for three days leading to widespread flooding, killing 51 people and causing millions of dollars in damages. The flood was caused by some of the heaviest rainfall ever recorded in Texas. The immense amount of rain quickly overwhelmed the the San Antonio River. Most of the victims were trapped in their cars by the surprise flood and drowned. Five to 10 feet of water submerged the city’s streets, delaying an evacuation.
The city was underwater for nearly a week following the flood, which was responsible for at least $5 million in damages. In the aftermath, San Antonio embarked on a 10-year overhaul of its flood system.
San Antonio’s parking meters are proving a booming business. Fire and Police Commissioner Phil Wright said the meters had an average daily receipt of 41 cents per meter through their eighth day of operation.
The first Folklife Festival opens on the grounds of the Institute of Texan Cultures. 7,546 people attend on opening day.