Rain woes: Culvert collapses in Diboll; Burke roads crumbling - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

Rain woes: Culvert collapses in Diboll; Burke roads crumbling

Pine Valley Road in Diboll is shutdown due to a collapsed culvert. Pine Valley Road in Diboll is shutdown due to a collapsed culvert.
Andrews Lane in Burke is one of many rain-soaked roads now peppered with potholes and crumblng edges. Andrews Lane in Burke is one of many rain-soaked roads now peppered with potholes and crumblng edges.
Walking Horse Lane off FM 2108 was soaked after Thursday's flash flood. Walking Horse Lane off FM 2108 was soaked after Thursday's flash flood.
ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Flash flooding and persistent rains continue their assault on southern Angelina County causing neighborhoods to flood and roads to buckle, crumble and collapse.

Micha Haynes and his family live on Walking Horse Lane off FM 2108. For the last two years, when heavy rains fell, the down pour--combined with the falloff from the Angelina County Airport--He said they cause an overflow through his home and yard, as well as his neighbors.

"If you look right here were that water's coming down,” Haynes said while pointing northeast toward the airport, “All that water comes from the backside of the airport  You see it comes across and floods out their front door over there,” he said referring to his next door neighbor.

Traveling east on FM 2108, there are homes on yards saturated with standing water. Any motorists who turn onto Andrews Lane may find navigating the waterlogged road a test of the driver's maneuvering ability. Not only are there potholes popping up on the narrow road, but also along the edges of Andrews, it is crumbling, creating deep craters of soaked earth.

"It's actually gotten wider, wider and further into the road,” Haynes said about the lane and its many craters. “Look back here. This one. I stepped off on that one earlier and it just came off."

While travelers driving down 2108 had to deal with flooding on the road, people heading along Pine Valley Road in northwest Diboll had their drive cut short. A culvert collapsed Thursday morning creating a 20-foot-plus break in the road.

"A culvert can't handle that much water going through it and it goes over the road and washes part of the road away," explained Don Morris, Angelina County's Emergency Management Coordinator.

Diboll resident Brandon Ponce had a road reality check Thursday when he attempted to take his usual route home on his lunch break. Pine Valley was impassable.

"Oh [expletive]!” Ponce reacted to this literal break in his route. “I…uh...now I guess I'll go around. And go back and go the other way,” he chuckled.

By noon it was at least 20 feet wide and 6 feet down at its deepest part...and growing.
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