Residents along Nacogdoches' Banita Creek asked to evacuate

Residents along Nacogdoches' Banita Creek asked to evacuate
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - During the early morning hours of Thursday morning, the City of Nacogdoches experienced so much flooding along Banita Creek that residents of apartment complexes along Banita Creek were asked to evacuate.

According to a press release, residents of apartment complexes on the west side of Pearl Street were being notified of the need to evacuate by members of the Nacogdoches Fire and Police departments. Residents in area of South Fredonia near Magnolia Street and in the South Pecan, and South Church areas were being asked to evacuate as well.

Approximately 75 people chose to evacuate from their homes or apartments.

City officials said that some people left their homes in such a hurry that they left their pets in their apartments or tied up in their yards. As a result, Nacogdoches animal control officers had to rescue some of the pets.

East Texas News was right in step with emergency workers as they conducted their job of protecting lives and property

"So between seven and eight it really came up quite a bit," said Assistant Police Chief Mike Kelly with the Nacogdoches Police Department.

It got high enough for J.T. Thomas to get his kids out first and then come back for his dogs.

"You can't judge what God do, mama, so we can only rock and roll with it," said J.T. Thomas, an evacuee.

City engineers were reminded Thursday of Banita Creek's force during this abnormally wet spring.

"It's been quite a while since we've seen this level of flooding, and again it seems to worsen on the western Banita Creek side then Lanana Creek at this point," said Steve Bartlett, Nacogdoches' city engineer.

Perhaps that's because Lanana Creek has been dredged and the water can quickly run off to the south. Banita Creek is still a narrow little creek meandering through Nacogdoches, but it was raging Thursday.

A stop in the rain around 10 this morning allowed the high water to rapidly drain off streets. By noon all roadways were open and residents began returning to their homes.

"They gave us pizza and water, and I think that's a good thing that they're trying to help us as a community," said Kimberly Lacy, an evacuee.

As a result, the City of Nacogdoches opened the Recreation Center at 1112 North Street as an emergency shelter for people who were displaced by the flooding.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, all state highways and farm-to-market roads are open in Nacogdoches County. However, there are still 20 county roads closed due to washouts and flooding.

As of 10:15 a.m. the following streets were closed due to high water:

  • ·         West College from Pearl to the creek
  • ·         Pearl Street from Main Street to Powers
  • ·         Ellington Street from Pearl to the creek
  • ·         West California from Pearl Street to the creek
  • ·         South Pecan from Cox to the City Garage
  • ·         South Fredonia from Magnolia Street to the Creek
  • ·         West Hospital from North Street to Pearl Street
  • ·         Powers Street from Pearl to Old Tyler
  • ·         Press Road from Lake Street to Hunter Road

According to a press release from the Nacogdoches Unified Emergency Operations Center, the following roads were closed as of 11:20 a.m.

  • CR 127
  • CR 228
  • CR 280
  • CR 292
  • CR 349
  • CR 353
  • CR 355
  • CR 411
  • CR 538
  • CR 620
  • CR 711
  • CR 817
  • CR 822
  • CR 848
  • CR 850
  • CR 940
  • FM 225 at the Airport
  • SH 21 East at the Attoyac River
  • SH 21 East at FM 95

"The public is advised not to travel in these areas," the press release stated. "Never cross or move a barricade. Do not drive in high water. Turn around; don't drown."

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