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Flood warning for Deep East Texas as heavy rain expected for Wednesday

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

A flood warning has been issued for the Neches River near Alto and Diboll until further notice.

A flood warning has been issued for the Angelina River near Alto and Lufkin until further notice. A flood warning has also been issued for the Attoyac Bayou near Chireno until 1:34 a.m.

A significant weather advisory has been issued for the northwestern parts of Nacogdoches County and the eastern parts of Cherokee County until 10:45 p.m.

A flash flood warning has been issued for Sabine, San Augustine, and Shelby County until 1:30 a.m.

According to Billy Ted Smith, the emergency manager for both Sabine and Jasper County, a few trees fell over in the roadway on FM 777 in Jasper County. The trees are being cleared and there was no major damage.

Sabine County Sheriff Tom Maddox reported that there was no major damage. However, a few lost power in the Hemphill area for a short period of time, but the electricity has been restored. 

With the threat for some very heavy rainfall this week, a Flash Flood Watch has now been issued for all our counties and communities in Deep East Texas through at least Wednesday, with many areas having the flood watch continue until Thursday afternoon.

In addition to the threat for heavy rain this week, a few strong-to-severe thunderstorms cannot be ruled out as well, especially on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.  The threats will consist of strong winds, small hail, and even an isolated tornado.

Even though some severe weather is possible, it is the heavy rain and flooding threat that will be our biggest concern as the low pressure area just meanders around, stalling out and leading to multiple chances of rain all week long. 

Our highest rain chances will take place from Tuesday through Thursday of this week before tapering down as we head into the weekend.  The heaviest rain and the biggest impacts will be felt on Wednesday morning as it will be a very wet and stormy morning commute for all East Texans.

By Friday and Saturday, the low should begin to slowly pull away from East Texas, which will allow for some drier weather to return to our area.

As of now, we are forecasting four-to-eight inches of widespread rain over the next few days.  It should be noted, however, that some areas could receive in excess of ten inches of rain, which would cause flooding and impacts on our area streams, rivers, and bayous.

At least one person wrecked after hydroplaning near Lufkin Tuesday afternoon.

According to DPS spokesman David Hendry, Che Anna Denise Brantley, 19, of Lufkin, was driving a 2006 Chrysler passenger car on the US 69 exit to North John Redditt Drive at 3:14 p.m. when she hydroplaned and struck the concrete side of the US 69 overpass. Brantley was not injured.

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