Tyler County officials: Neches River still rising

Tyler County officials: Neches River still rising

WOODVILLE, TX (KTRE) - According to Dale Freeman with the Tyler County Emergency Management Office, the flood gates on Dam B were opened another 4 feet.

Freeman said the water is continuing to rise in the Barlow Lake Estates and Mt. Neches communities.

"County Road 4410 has water coming over it," Freeman said. "Soon the Barlow Lakes area will be cut off from the main road. That's the lowest subdivision we have in the county. That one will flood first."

According to Town Bluff Lake Manager Floyd Boyett, the water on the Neches River is currently being released at 28,500 cubic feet per second.

"Barring any more significant rain, this hopefully is the last opening," Boyett said on a facebook post.

On Wednesday, the Tyler County Sheriff's office issued a voluntary evacuation for residents south of the dam, after the gates were first opened around 8 a.m.

"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," Freeman said.

Freeman said a shelter has been opened in Woodville at 201 Veterans Way. Last night, one person used the shelter, but Freeman said they will keep it open.

"The people along the river, their problems are just beginning," Freeman said. "People are using their own resources. Some are going to hotels. We should see more people soon as their resources run out."

On Wednesday, the county also signed a disaster declaration as a way to seek assistance from the storm damage.

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.

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