Tornado damage shuts down Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area's summer - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

Tornado damage shuts down Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area's summer season

District Ranger Gerald Lawrence District Ranger Gerald Lawrence
HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

You can't step foot inside the gate of Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area without a hard hart.  That's because tornado damage has made the park one giant hazard.

"These trees even if you might not see it - they may have been knocked around so much, some of them are leaning. We're looking at which ones are possible hazards," said Gerald Lawrence, District Ranger for Davy Crockett National Forest. 

The park has been closed since the tornado touched down last month.

"It hit just as we were getting our recreation season off the ground," said Lawrence.

Damage assessments show about 80 acres of the rec area and forest district sustained tornado destruction.  The tornado ripped an entire tree, including the roots, from the ground taking with it a big piece of concrete parking lot.

"What we're looking at doing is trying to get the lake opened up as quickly as we can," said Lawrence.

To get the roads cleared, crews had to chop down a lot of wood.

"We'll put together timber-sale packages to come in and remove salvageable logs," said Lawrence.

After the logs are gone, they'll have to remove all of the debris.

"We're hoping to get the area salvages and cleaned up late this fall," said Lawrence.

The place where many East Texans spend the summer will be off limits, so that means no swimming, boating, fishing, camping or hiking all summer.

  • East Texas NewsMore>>

  • Lufkin's Community Food Drive built on woman's legacy

    Lufkin's Community Food Drive built on woman's legacy

    Saturday, November 18 2017 9:28 PM EST2017-11-19 02:28:07 GMT
    Source: KTRE StaffSource: KTRE Staff
    The Community Food Drive in Lufkin is special to some because of the large amount of people it brings together from all walks of life.  "It's just like so many different people, very diverse," said volunteer, Priscilla Gonzalez. "It's just kind of cool to see all these people coming together to do one thing." For others, like Keith Kennedy, it's all about the service being provided to the greater community. "They're in miracle territory,...More >>
    The Community Food Drive in Lufkin is special to some because of the large amount of people it brings together from all walks of life.  "It's just like so many different people, very diverse," said volunteer, Priscilla Gonzalez. "It's just kind of cool to see all these people coming together to do one thing." For others, like Keith Kennedy, it's all about the service being provided to the greater community. "They're in miracle territory,...More >>
  • East Texas seasonal hires may have helped lower statewide unemployment rate

    East Texas seasonal hires may have helped lower statewide unemployment rate

    Friday, November 17 2017 7:26 PM EST2017-11-18 00:26:00 GMT

    According to the Texas Workforce Commission, unemployment rate has fallen to a 3.9 percent since  In East Texas some holiday job openings have helped that percentage grow.  During March Target finished a 3.5 million dollar remodel that brought in new product lines. “We've actually added new positions and we've been able to accommodate additional hires because our business has escalated since then,” said store team leader, Kris Hoephner. This addition to the Ta...

    More >>

    According to the Texas Workforce Commission, unemployment rate has fallen to a 3.9 percent since  In East Texas some holiday job openings have helped that percentage grow.  During March Target finished a 3.5 million dollar remodel that brought in new product lines. “We've actually added new positions and we've been able to accommodate additional hires because our business has escalated since then,” said store team leader, Kris Hoephner. This addition to the Ta...

    More >>
  • Lufkin STEM program plant trees at local schools

    Lufkin STEM program plant trees at local schools

    Friday, November 17 2017 7:25 PM EST2017-11-18 00:25:00 GMT
    Source: KTRESource: KTRE

    The 7th grade, STEM program from Lufkin joined up with some of the senior STEM students and spent their Friday, morning, planting trees at Burley Primary and Slack Elementary Schools. 

    More >>

    The 7th grade, STEM program from Lufkin joined up with some of the senior STEM students and spent their Friday, morning, planting trees at Burley Primary and Slack Elementary Schools. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly