GROVETON, TX (KTRE) - With a storm brewing in the gulf, Trinity County Chief Deputy Sherman Jones said it is all eyes on the weather.
"It's a long way from us, but we would rather react now then wait for it to get on us and react then," Jones said.
Jones spent his Monday in meetings with county officials and the Red Cross, making sure everything was in order if help was needed from a potential flooding event. After a wet East Texas Spring, Jones and his office has seen their fair share of flooding and will monitor the areas impacted the most.
"We're monitoring all the areas along the Trinity River," Jones said.
The main concern is the Sportsman Oaks Subdivision, located on the Trinity-Walker County line.
"The homes are built up, so we haven't had a tremendous amount of home flooding that we are aware of, but the roads there have water over them," Jones said.
Trinity County will use the latest technology through social media to relay any notices of evacuations or shelter openings.
"It's much, much easier than it was in the past," Jones said. "We used to go door to door. Should we have to do that, we will in some areas."
Jones advises to be proactive and pick up any supplies needed in case the worst scenario happens and to take responsibility upon yourself and for your family.
The shelters will not be set up unless the county judges call for a disaster declaration.
With the storm potentially affecting a large area, volunteers with the Red Cross are needed.
David Gray with Red Cross said they are in need of volunteers and could use all the help they can get right now. To volunteer, contact the Red Cross at 936-564-2101.