ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Heavy downpours often lead to flooding, especially in low lying area. It's almost a given at the Hurricane Creek crossing on FM 2497 in southern Angelina County.
About two to three inches of rainfall typically causes Hurricane Creek to flow over its banks at FM 2497.
Water over the popular cut-through from Hudson to Diboll happens frequently enough that warning signs remain in place. Typically, TxDOT crews are generally stationed on either side of the crossing following heavy rainfall. Workers arrived around 11 Monday morning to monitor the flooding.
It was minor enough to keep the road open, but high enough to encourage motorists to cross with caution.
Aside from the highway warning signs and employees parked on the side of the road to warn motorists TxDOT also chose to deliver messages through Twitter.
The flooding is somewhat predictable. Hurricane Creek is close to the Neches River and its tributaries. A TxDOT spokesperson says the creek is the first area in Angelina County that will see high water and the agency expects the water to rise during times of heavy rain.
In May, an elderly couple's vehicle was swept off the road leading to their rescue.
TxDOT isn't aware of any plans to raise the roadway or install culverts to correct the drainage problem. For now, it will remain the responsibility of motorists to use extreme caution through the low lying area.
Flooding at FM 2497 could get much worse if the forecast holds. The roadway could eventually be closed. Motorists are urged not to drive through a flooded areas.
TxDOT will provide up to date messages through Twitter at #TurnAroundDon'tDrown.