Heavy rains lead to a flooding concern for parts of Deep East Texas

EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - The heavy rain and storms we saw on Tuesday have shifted eastward into Louisiana.  However, a stalled frontal boundary will combine with a cutoff low pressure system in West Texas to generate more bands of moderate to heavy showers overnight.

These bands of rain will align themselves north to south across Jasper, Newton, Sabine, and San Augustine counties.  It is in these areas where a flood potential will exist overnight and through the day on Wednesday.

As of late Tuesday night, we already had reports of flooding in these areas.  Law enforcement in Sabine county reported water covering Springhill Cemetary Road near Highway 83, about three miles southwest of Hemphill.  They also reported parts of Highway 83 were flooded just a mile northeast of Pineland.

County Roads 2247, 1131, 253 and 459 were flooded in Jasper County.

Flooded roads in Newton County has forced Newton ISD to cancel school Wednesday.

It is this stretch along Highway 96 that will have the greatest potential for more rainfall that could exacerbate the flooding threat near Toledo Bend country.  Therefore, be careful if you have to travel on the roadways early Wednesday morning.  If at all possible, try to avoid roadways and the low lying areas that are prone to flooding.

Keep in mind that flooding is Mother Nature's number one killer among all weather related events.  If you come across a roadway covered with water, remember this motto:  "Turn Around, Don't Drown."  It only takes six inches of water to knock you off of your feet and just two feet of water to submerge your vehicle. 

To get a more detailed look at your forecast, you can head to our StormTracker Weather Center.  It is there where you can also view our live streaming radar to track the rain that moves through East Texas overnight and on Wednesday.  If you would like to take over the controls and zoom down to your local streets, please try our Interactive Radar.

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