TYLER COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The Tyler County Sheriff's Office is urging residents who live along the Neches River to evacuate because of rising flood waters.
"This morning, our county received about 4 inches of rain," Emergency Manager Dale Freeman said. "So with that, needless to say, that water is running off into the river. it's making a bad situation worse. We kind of got our backs against the wall.."
According to a press release, Tyler County activated its emergency operations center was activated at 8 a.m. Wednesday morning. The press release stated that the sheriff's office is urging people who live along the Neches, especially those who live south of Dam-B, to voluntarily evacuate their homes.
In the press release, Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford said that deputies are going door to door in the Barlow Lake Estates and Mt. Neches communities.
"Residents should pay close attention to rising water and seek shelter elsewhere," the press release stated. "A temporary shelter has been set up for residents displaced at the emergency management center located in Woodville at 201 Veterans Way."
Later on Wednesday, Tyler County Judge Jacques Blanchette issued a disaster declaration. In the declaration, he said it was issued because the county is in "imminent threat of widespread or severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property resulting from countywide conditions created by torrential rainfall over an excessive period of time by causing flooding in populated areas as well as major infrastructure damage preventing access to or the safe passage on various roadways."
Freeman said the flooding could affect up to 100 homes.
The text of the disaster declaration also stated that it will continue for a period of "not more than seven days."
For more information, people can call the Tyler County Sheriff's Office at (409) 283-2172. The phone number for the emergency management office is (409) 331-0874. In the event of an emergency, call 911.