Morning rain brings high water but no flooding in Lufkin

Morning rain brings high water but no flooding in Lufkin
Source: KTRE staff
Source: KTRE staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Monday morning rain brought traffic to a near standstill in Lufkin.

The rain over the morning hours measured right over an inch at the weather monitoring center at the Angelina County Airport.

Several spots around town experienced high water. The creek at Chambers Park came close to leaving the banks, but never caused any major issues. This is because of improvements the city has made over the last several years to make sure flooding does not become a serious problem.

"We did a lot of work on drainage ditches, retention ponds, storm drains and cleaned out creeks,"  said Steve Posky, with the Lufkin Street Department.

By the lunch hour, the showers had slowed down and the improvements seemed to be working. The retention pond behind Kurth Memorial Library could be seen at low levels by 1 p.m.

"Retention ponds, for the lack of a better term, work sort of like the drain in your bathtub," Posky said. "It holds the water back and lets the water go back slow."

Posky also said he feels the recent weather also played a part in the rain being held by ponds and pumps.

"The ground is not saturated," Posky said. "It is still pretty dry, and that helps."

Posky also said that a concern is always the low lying areas, such as the Frank St. underpass but feels the pumps were able to hold up this time. Posky said despite the success today, there is always a chance for flooding in the area and said people always need to be on alert on rainy days.

Kathi White with the Texas Department of Transportation said they did not have any major issues on the roads during the storms.

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