High water could bring relief to East Texas just in time for summer

High water could bring relief to East Texas just in time for summer

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The abundance of rain has caused concern for Angelina County residents, but by the summer the rain could be a life savor.

"This is typically a drought-busting weather event that we have seen over the last few weeks," said Angelina/Neches River Authority General Manager Kelley Holcomb.

Holcomb said the group has been monitoring the levels over the last several months and they are notified when flood warnings are issued.

"The Angelina and Neches frequently get out of their banks," Holcomb said. "Every winter, we see the Angelina get out of the banks. The Neches gets out of the banks as well, but to be out of banks this long and now a flood warning for that area of Highway 59; it's a little unusual."

Holcomb said the area has been above flood stages for the last six weeks and has seen multiple flood warnings issued. Holcomb said East Texans have learned from other areas and do not suffer despite the high water.

"Here in East Texas, I like to think we are smarter than the average person," Holcomb said. "We don't build our homes on flood plains like the Neches River flood plain."

Holcomb said the rain has made up for a lack of rain over the last three years and the area should be okay as the temperatures start to rise in the coming months.

"To go into the summer time with the soil at deeper levels fully hydrated, that's a very good thing," Holcomb said. " We should be okay in the dry months."

According to the National Weather Service, the levels should continue to rise until Wednesday afternoon, before they begin to fall and bring relief to the flooding.

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