EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - Damage across several Deep East Texas counties is being reported by law enforcement after a line of strong storms battered the area Monday night.
According to Trinity County Sheriff's Office, hail was reported on FM 356 on the border of Trinity & Polk County. On Highway 94, near Apple Springs, crews are working to remove two fallen trees. Crews with the Texas Department of Transportation in Trinity County are reporting high water on U.S. Highway 287, State Highway 94, FM 357, 2781, 356 and 230.
Houston County Judge Erin Ford said that trees are down in the Weches area. Structural damage along with flooding are reported along FM 227 after four inches of rain fell in a matter of hours. Ford and his team are going to the site of a flooded home off the 700 block of Cordell in Crockett. According to Houston County Sheriff's Office, flooding is affecting a few minor city streets in Crockett. Rusk County Sheriff's office dispatchers report "damage all over the county." They said damage includes down power lines and fallen trees. The Red Cross has opened a shelter at the Henderson Civic Center at 1005 Hwy. 64 for anyone who needs a safe place to sleep after Monday's storms.
The Emergency Operations Center has been activated in the City of Henderson. We have reports of substantial damage in the downtown area. Henderson ISD has canceled classes Tuesday.The Rusk County Office of Emergency Management discourages travel in Henderson or Rusk County. It says there are hazardous road conditions. They report trees, downed power lines and debris.
In Angelina County, TxDOT is reporting high water reporting high water has receded from FM 841, however, parts of FM 2497 are now closed due to reports of high water. Motorists should avoid the area.
According to Cherokee County Sheriff's Office dispatchers, there are reports that a tornado touched down in the county.
A flash flood watch is in effect for Deep East Texas, including Northern Jasper, Northern Newton, Polk, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Trinity & Tyler counties. The National Weather Service says that watch will remain active through Tuesday morning.