NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Several county roads in Nacogdoches County remain impassable due to high water and washed- out culverts because of Monday night's heavy downpours.
Rain gauges showed from three and half to five inches of rain.
Rushing creeks are why some Nacogdoches County roads remain closed tonight. Road workers put a barrier across County Road 724 off Highway 7 West. The first was a large, toppled tree at Moral Creek.
Also on the county's west side, near the Douglass schools, road crews waited for the delivery of a new culvert. The old culvert has seen better days.
Not far away on CR 780, gulping sounds came from a submersed culvert as it attempted to handle all the running water.
The water that didn't pass through the culvert ran over the roadway. Although it was passable for motorists, it was still potentially dangerous.
Within the city limits of Nacogdoches, both Banita and Lanana creeks were moving fast. A log caught on a Banita Creek bridge showed just how high the creek got during the night. The water line can be seen beyond flood gauge markers.
The drainage improvements of Banita and Lanana creeks that have taken place over the years seem to be working. The water was very swift as it passed through Stephen F. Austin State University, but that's what city engineers expected.
"The faster they flow, the faster the water leaves us, and the faster your roadways and yards can drain, said Steve Bartlett, the Nacogdoches city engineer.
Other issues involved downed cable lines and a few side streets under water due to blocked culverts. Motorists are urged to use caution as the spring storm passes through East Texas.
The Nacogdoches County Road Department reported that county roads 620 and 271 will remain closed over night. County roads 280, 302, 715, and 779, may also remain closed.
Motorists should be cautious of barriers and downed trees when traveling the back roads.