San Augustine and surrounding areas hit hard, now busy with storm cleanup

Lufkin, Texas - Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) crews in San Augustine County are busy cleaning up roadways after Tuesday night's thunderstorm litters the area with downed trees and other debris. Motorists are urged to use caution when driving around the area.

According to TxDOT, all roadways are open to traffic but workers are out pushing debris off the roads onto the right of way until it can be cleared. Assessments of the roads this morning found that the storm had left behind hundreds of downed trees, signs, tin and other debris from structures, and some damaged bridge guardrails. TxDOT crews and equipment from Angelina and Shelby counties have been dispatched to the area to assist with clean up efforts.

Crews began receiving calls from local law enforcement soon after the storm began around 6 o'clock yesterday evening and continued to work for several hours to keep roads clear and open. The department has also called in two timber contractors to assist with clean up and says it could take two to three weeks to get everything picked up from the right of way.

Motorists are reminded to slow down and use caution as they travel through these and all work zones. Remember, traffic fines double when workers are present.