LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The forecast for rain has weekend plans for hundreds of families in limbo Friday night. This includes those wanting to do home repairs. However, for those who have signed their child up for Lufkin Parks and Recreation softball season, the opening ceremonies are still set for tomorrow.
Parks and Recreation Department officials said they will be up at the crack of dawn Saturday to make a decision on whether to push back the opening ceremony - again. It all depends on what the skies do overnight Friday.
City crews chalked the fields at Kit McConnico Park Friday, where they prepped for the opening season for the Lufkin Parks & Recreation Softball season. This is the department's Plan B. Morris Frank Park in northwest Lufkin is the usual site for the ballgames. All the consistent rains has made the park unusable until things dry up.
City of Lufkin Parks & Recreation Assistant Director Jason Arnold said the rain forecast is holding the start of season hostage.
"This is what we're dealing with. So tomorrow, we've got 20 teams. There are 200-something families that are waiting to hear what we're going to do," Arnold said as he viewed a weather forecast on his office computer. "And it's tough because we don't want to put any of them out."
According to Billy Oliver, the owner of ABCO Roofing, a lot of home owners are also taking a "wait-and-see" approach to dealing with their leaky roofs.
"With all the rain that's going on, we've been real busy. We've been doing a lot of temporary repairs for people," Oliver said. "We've been trying to help them out. There's been some limbs that fell down because of all the rain."
Since the rain didn't fall for most of the day on Friday, Oliver said he and his crews have been busy. On Friday he dispatched workers to Etoile and Nacogdoches for roof repairs.
Park and recreation field crews also have been busy at Lufkin's parks. Some of the grounds crew said they not only hauled in pumps earlier this week for the standing water at Kit McConnico Park but also use buckets to scoop up water, too. Employees said the opening ceremony for softball is already weeks overdue. This means the baseball season has also been pushed back.
But for now, Parks and Recreation officials hope the serious downpour happens in other parts of East Texas, so the young players can begin to play ball after a stellar kickoff to the season.
"It's an event that we don't want to just cancel or wait too late to cancel," Arnold said. "So, what we're going to do is watch the rain."