DEEP EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - The Texas Department of Transportation is urging drivers to seek alternate routes around flooded roads in Deep East Texas.
In Trinity County, travel is discouraged along FM 2501, north of Apple Springs. High water is also reported at State Highway 94/FM 3317. TxDOT is also monitoring flooding on FM 1280 near White Rock Creek and along SH 19 at Pumpkin Vine Creek. FM 357 is closed at Alabama Creek.
The Trinity County Sheriff’s Office also said Doug Bell Road was flooded as well. They said residents of the Sportsman’s Oaks and Peninsula Point subdivisions who have not left their homes should shelter in place until roads are passable again.
On Tuesday afternoon, Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace posted a video of Trinity firefighters taking a boat into one of the county’s flooded subdivisions to evacuate a woman.
“The county judge has basically ordered residents to shelter in place,” Wallace said in the video. “So ... past this evacuation right now, the only time anyone will be dispatched to go in and get anyone out is in an emergency only.”
Wallace added that there are no shelters open in Trinity County at this time.
“Flash flooding is still happening,” Wallace said. “Areas that are not under water right now are liable to be later and vice versa.”
During the video, Wallace also reminded people that the rising flood waters are chasing animals out of the woods and pastures. The waters could cause livestock to go over fences and wind up in roads. The sheriff said that the county had a bad accident last year because a vehicle hit an animal.
TxDOT was monitoring several reports of high water on roadways Tuesday morning.
TxDOT issued an update on the road closures at 11;18 a.m. Tuesday.
In Angelina County, FM 324 FM 1669, FM 58, and FM 841 are now open to traffic. FM 1277 is now open in San Augustine County. In Trinity County, FM 2262, FM 357, and 841 are now open to traffic again, according to TxDOT.
According to TxDOT, high water has been reported in FM 1818 at Buck Creek and Biloxi Creek. Crews are monitoring that location. FM 2497 remains closed.
A vehicle struck a downed tree that came down across Highway 135 in Rusk County Tuesday morning.
Lufkin Fire Chief Ted Lovett said the heavy rains are to blame for at least two car rescues early Tuesday.
“We had, south of Diboll a guy had hydroplaned and actually the water took the vehicle out about 75 yards out off the highway,” Lovett said. “And so we arrived on scene and one male victim staying on the roof.”
The second rescue involved a 26-year-old woman stuck inside her car near Huntington Lovett said. The water pushed her off the road and as result he said, she broke through the back window and rescuers pulled her out using a rope.
Earlier Tuesday, Rhonda Oaks, a spokeswoman for TxDOT, said numerous roads are flooded in Houston County. She said there is flooding at various locations on U.S. Highway 287 North. Houston County officials have also reported that trees are down on FM 232 and State Highway 7.
In addition, there is flooding on the following roads in Houston County:
- State Highway 21 near Grapeland
- FM 1272
- FM 1280
- FM 229
- FM 228
In Angelina County, the southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 59 between Burke and Diboll have reopened after water had earlier covered the road.
Water is over the road in several locations along Farm to Market Road 1818, east of Diboll and along FM 841/Massingill Road. Right now FM 324 near U.S. 59, FM 2497, and FM 1669 south of Hwy. 103 East are closed to thru traffic.
“Choose alternate routes,” Oaks said “Visit http://wwdrivetexas.org for statewide conditions and closures.”