WebXtra: East Texas recovers from storm

EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) has moved deployed teams closer to the impacted areas at the direction of the Texas Division of Emergency Management. The teams are moving closer to the area of heaviest rainfall to be prepared for requests for assistance from local jurisdictions.

Three swiftwater rescue teams and two Texas Military Forces UH-60 helicopters with TX-TF1 rescue technicians aboard were deployed to the city of Lufkin. Two UH-60 helicopters and TX-TF1 rescue technicians also moved to the city of Longview. Three swiftwater rescue teams are also being staged in College Station this afternoon for potential forward deployment later in the day.

This is part of the State's effort to preposition and assist jurisdictions during this heavy weather event. In addition to these specialized rescue teams, four TX-TF1 Liaison Officers are deployed to cities in Southeast Texas to assist and be available to advise local jurisdictions on matters of search and rescue as required.

According to a TxDOT spokeswoman, most roads and highways in Angelina County are now back open after flood waters forced them closed overnight.

Officials say the high waters have receded which has greatly improved driving conditions, however, they continue to advise motorists to use caution, slow down and watch out for isolated pockets of water on the roadways.

Lufkin spokesman Lt. David Young said police responded to dozens of reports of flooded roadways and stalled vehicles caught up on roadways Thursday evening and night. Portions on north Loop 287 were even closed for a time Thursday evening. There were scattered reports of homes flooding in low lying areas but there were no known injuries overnight.

FM 2494 between Lufkin and Diboll remains closed this morning.

Several school delays and one cancellation have been reported due to weather conditions:

  • Woden ISD has cancelled classes for Friday.
  • Chireno ISD has cancelled classes for Friday due to road closures and no water.  School carnival plans for tonight are still pending.
  • Diboll ISD will begin school at 10 a.m., the bus routes will move back 2 hours after their normal time.
  • Tenaha ISD Schools have reported that classes on Friday will start at 10 a.m., buses will run at 9 a.m., and Faculty/staff should report at 9:30 a.m.
  • Center ISD has taken in a lot of water today. On Friday morning all Center ISD buses will run one hour later than normal with classes on Friday starting at 9 a.m. Center ISD staff should report at 8:30 a.m.
  • Central ISD in Angelina County has taken in a lot of water. On Friday morning all Central ISD buses will run one hour later than normal with classes on Friday starting at 9 a.m. Central ISD staff should report at 8:30 a.m.

Angelina County Storm Reports:

  • Dollar General Store flooded on Hwy 69 North, heading toward Central/ Clawson.
  • A trailer park on Tulane Drive in Lufkin without power
  • Flooding on Kingston and Spring Lake Rd. in Fuller Springs
  • Power outages off of Hank Street, Echo Lane. Also outages reported on South First Street in Lufkin.
  • Woodhaven and Copeland area in Lufkin reporting flooding. Cars are reported to be under water.
  • Oncor Power Delivery is reporting 1,600 residents in Lufkin are without power. High water is creating difficulty in restoring power.
  • Flooding near Burke
  • FM 2497 now passable.
  • FM 1818 is passable despite high water.
  • FM 1270 now open.

Nacogdoches County Storm Reports:

  • The city of Nacogdoches has experienced several areas of street flooding due to heavy rains. As of the time of this report, all streets within the city, with the exception of the Woden Road from Loop 224 to the city limits, are open to vehicular traffic
  • Within the City of Nacogdoches, problem areas have been barricaded. These barricades have been left in place in case they are needed later in the night or early morning. Never move a barricade that has been placed to close a road.

  • Several road closures for the outlying county have been reported. As of 8 a.m., the following are closed: FM 226 (south of CR 552), CR 228, CR 256, CR 271, CR  274, CR 302, CR 411, CR 525 and CR 560. In addition, high water is reported on CR 179, 425, 292, 228, 392, 289 280, 814,182, 831, 817,420, 765, 220, 555, 338, 442, 460, 421 and 538. Vehicles are stuck on CR 302 and CR 411 and CR 256 and 384 are either washed out or have pot holes.

  • Oncor Power Delivery is reporting less than 50 residents in Nacogdoches are without power. High water is creating difficulty in restoring power.

  • Power lines and trees are reported down in the Woden Area.

Shelby County Storm Reports:

FM 2913 was closed as roadway was flooded and part of it was washed out. Now open.

* SH 87 at Tenaha Creek is closed due to flooding.

* SH 7 East at Flat Fork Creek has flooding on both sides of the bridge with both lanes and the shoulders under water and continuing to rise. Now open, but use caution.

* FM 138 at Huana Creek was impassable due to flooding. Now open with caution warning.

* FM 699 at Flat Fork Creek is impassable due to flooding with water still rising.

Polk County

* FM 942 now open at Long Tom Creek.

* FM 352 at McMannus Creek has water crossing the bridge.

* FM 1987 at Piney Creek is passable but water continues to rise.

Sabine County

* SH 21 has water over the road two miles east of FM 330.

San Augustine County

* FM 354 now open from SH 21 intersection to the end of the pavement.

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Flash flooding may occur very quickly with little warning. If there is a possibility of flooding in your area, move to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.

Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk through water, walk where the water is not moving and use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.

Never drive into water that is above the curb. Six inches of water can reach the bottom of most cars, causing loss of control and possible stalling.

If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. Two feet of water can carry away most vehicles including SUVs and pickup trucks.

Emergency officials stress that the roadways are very dangerous as a result of this rainfall and flooding conditions. Citizens are urged to travel only if absolutely necessary.