Disasters: The Wild One

No sooner had Hurricane Beulah stormed ashore to ravage the Texas coast than she began to perish, thrashing violently apart in the lush, low valleys of the U.S.-Mexican border. But Beulah died hard. Last week, as her final throes dumped 30-in. cloudbursts on the area, the worst floods in Texas' history came smashing down the usually somnolent Rio Grande River. From upstream Rio Grande City and Camargo down to Brownsville and Matamoros at the Gulf, south Texas and Mexico were wracked by a disaster more devastating than the hurricane.

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