LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - With much of East Texas still under various weather watches and warnings, several communities are dealing with flash flooding and damage from high winds Thursday morning.
Jasper County seemed to be the hardest hit. Chief Deputy Glenn Blank of the Jasper County Sheriff's Office said a tornado touched down in the Zion Hill area on Highway 96 and FM 1005 just south of Jasper. No injuries were reported, he said.
KTRE meteorologist Grant Dade said the National Weather Service said the damage came from strong winds. He said the JCSO reported downed trees and power lines along with a hole in the roof of a residence in the area of County Roads 302 and 303.
Blank said some areas of Jasper County received between 12 and 20 inches of rain Wednesday night and Thursday morning. The JCSO chief deputy also said county commissioners are working to clear the roadways in their various precincts and are prepared to use sand if necessary.
Jasper Mayor Mike Lout said the town had 10 streets that were closed as a result of flooding. He also said that there are power lines down as a result of wind damage.
Nacogdoches County officials also reported flooding in the Etoile area. Two roads are blocked, and there are a couple of stalled-out cars because drivers ventured into high water.
Trinity ISD released its students early Thursday morning because of a blown transformer.
Debbie Ogden, a spokeswoman for Trinity ISD said that their electric company tried to turn district's electricity back on around 7:30 a.m., and it blew a second transformer.
Trinity ISD officials don't expect the problem to be fixed before this afternoon. As a result, school will not start until 10 a.m. Friday.
TxDOT crews have been monitoring East Texas roadways throughout the night and this morning are reporting water over numerous roads.
Here is the list with current conditions in parentheses:
* US 69 S near the auction barn - north and southbound lanes affected (clear)
* FM 324 (water remains over the road)
* FM 326 (clear)
* FM 328 (clear)
* FM 1475 (clear)
* FM 1818 (water remains over the road)
Houston County: All roadways clear
* SH 21 just east of Loop 34 (now clear)
* SH 103 East at FM 226 (clear)
Polk County: All roadways clear
Trees down and cleared from:
* SH 83 (clear)
* SH 87 (clear)
* FM 1 (clear)
* FM 944 (clear)
San Augustine County:
* SH 21 west of FM 95 (clear)
* SH 21 East (clear)
* SH 103 at FM 226 (clear)
* SH 147 (clear)
* FM 226 (clear)
* FM 1277 has deep water 1/2 mile south of Spur 85 (water remains on the roadway at this location)
* FM 3230 (water over the roadway)
San Jacinto County: All roads clear
Shelby County: All roads clear
* FM 356, water across the road near Trinity/Polk County Line
* FM 2262 (clear)
If heavy rainfall resumes, some of the roads listed above could flood again. The Texas Department of Transportation is urging motorists to use caution on flooded road ways.