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Road closures, high water locations around Deep ETX

A tree block Willie Nerren Road in Angelina County. (Source: KTRE viewer) A tree block Willie Nerren Road in Angelina County. (Source: KTRE viewer)
Road damage off SH 7, about 5 miles west of Center (Source: TxDOT) Road damage off SH 7, about 5 miles west of Center (Source: TxDOT)
FM 353 in San Augustine County FM 353 in San Augustine County
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Nearly all of Deep East Texas will remain under a Flash Flood Warning until the early morning hours Thursday.

Hemphill ISD will not have school on Friday.

County judges in Sabine, Shelby,Trinity, and Jasper counties have issued disaster declarations.

The heavy rain has made for dangerous road conditions. On Wednesday, one driver on the Lufkin's Loop 287 hydroplaned into the grass near Paul Street, according to Lufkin Police Officer Randy Stallard.

Part of throughway for many East Texans -- US 59 will be closed on Thursday night due to flooding. The Texas Department of Transportation have decided to close the southbound lanes of US 59, near Shepherd in San Jacinto County.

Drivers on US 59 heading south they'll have the take SH 150 to US 59 South near Cleveland. The detour will be in place until the water recedes. 

“The decision to close the southbound lanes [of US 59] was made with the safety of all motorists being the first consideration,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer for the Lufkin District.

TxDOT also added that the outside east and westbound lanes of SH 7, about 5 miles west of Center, will be narrowed to one lane after flooding caused the roadway to separate on Thursday. They add utility workers are in the area after a gas line ruptured when the pavement separated.

According to the TxDOT, a tree had to be removed from FM 1818 in Angelina County and drivers should be prepared for delays. Minor flooding is also reported on FM 844.

A tree that blocked Willie Nerren Road Wednesday afternoon has been cleared.

Thursday morning high water/road closures in Deep East Texas:

In Angelina County, high water is being reported on FM 2497, FM 1818, FM 324, FM 58 near FM 1818.

In Nacogdoches County, water was reported over the road on FM 95, two miles south of US 59. TxDOT also reported that water is over the roadway in the westbound lane of FM 343 near Industrial Blvd. in Nacogdoches. County Roads 122, 271, 280, 274, 817, 831, 765, 780, 210, 411, 302, 620, 230, 228, 421, 526, 538, 420, 273 and 797 are closed.

In Cherokee County, the sheriff's office has reported closures due to flooding at the following roads: County Roads 3810, 2707, 3701, 3709, 4905, 3809, 4905, 4807, 4614, 3707, 3605 and 3414 and Farm Roads 3052, 855 (two miles from FM 175), 13 (at the Rusk County line) and 2064 (at Mud Creek off of FM 135).

A tree fell on a building at Dover's Plant Farm in Alto. The owner, JC Dover, said he lost a lot of plants in the damage, but nobody was inside when the tree fell and nobody was hurt.

In San Augustine County, TxDOT reports FM 353 near the San Augustine County line is closed. A washout caused road to sink 10 inches early Thursday.

In Sabine County, TxDOT is reporting FM 3315 and FM 944 are flooded. They added that SH 87 South in Sabine County is impassible and under water. Motorists should take alternate routes. The Sabine County Sheriff's Office reported water over the road on Highway 96 near Airport Road.

In Jasper County, FM 1408 is closed near Melhoms Creek and high water is reported at FM 1013 near Nichols Creek. FM 1004 is also closed.

In Newton County, FM 1013 is closed due to high water. TxDOT also reported several other areas are experiencing water over roads.

In Polk County, water is over the road at FM 350 S., FM 352, FM 1276, FM 943, FM 942. Trees were reported down on FM 943 and State Highway 146.

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