Cars, even a house, not safe from Pollok flooding

Cars, even a house, not safe from Pollok flooding
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Many East Texans battled a tough morning commute with flooding that went from bad to worse, as aggressive currents swept through dozens of roadways.

Overflown creeks and ponds became strong enough to push a home into the middle of the street.

"This is a first, I think for this whole county," said Angelina County Precinct I Commissioner Greg Harrison.

"I understand that several places around here flooded, it's just that my house is on the bank of a creek," said Judy Fenley the owner of the swept away home.

Several businesses also found themselves halfway underwater.

"It's a lot of water and it comes from everywhere," said Central Donuts Owner Daren Eng.Eng says he witnessed several feet of water coming from the creek that lines his shop.

"Around my store, back here and around the side," Eng said. "It all comes from one creek."

Opposite of the doughnut shop, a nearby neighbor arrived to her home after the worst of the weather.

"I drove up and I thought I'm so glad my sewer is off, my house won't be flooded, and it was anyway," said homeowner Freda Honeycutt.

Honeycutt's home showed waterlines close to seven inches high.

"I had no lights, I smelled a horrible smell inside the house that had come through the sewer system," said Honeycutt. "The flood, it flooded my two bathrooms and my bedroom, and in the hall, also the garage."

While stagnant flooding still coats much of Angelina County, the cleanup is still an ongoing process.

"It's just been one of those day that you just bounce from here to there, trying to get folks home," said Harrison. "If we have another good rain like this tonight, we'll have a problem. A pretty good problem."

Many roads along US 69 north of Lufkin were flooded Monday morning. By 5 p.m. only FM 2497 and FM 2680 remained closed.

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