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Zavalla replaces culverts that left residents stranded

(Source: KTRE staff) (Source: KTRE staff)
Flat Bottom Road in Angelina County (Source: Bobby Cheshire) Flat Bottom Road in Angelina County (Source: Bobby Cheshire)
ZAVALLA, TX (KTRE) -

Two culverts in Angelina County were washed out after major rainstorms struck East Texas, leaving several residents stranded. On Saturday, workers spent hours repairing the county.

It was out with the old, and in with the new in Zavalla.

“Today we’re wrapping up some storm damage where residents in Angelina County have been stranded,” Commissioner Precinct 4, Bobby Cheshire said.

Sharon Havard, who was recently stranded, said she watched as the rain turned her yard into a lake.
 
“Water just got deeper and deeper, and eventually the culvert that we have to drive over went out,” Havard said.

County officials said weak supports caused two culverts to be washed away where residents call home.

“I mean, no one could enter or leave,” Havard said. “If we would’ve had an emergency I guess we could’ve four wheeled out the back pasture, but I don’t know how we would’ve done that either.”

“Our infrastructure is fragile and we are working very diligently to try and minimize that damage,” Cheshire said.

Workers made sure that residents did not have to suffer being stranded any longer, and acted fast.

“They were real good,” Havard said. “They said they’d be here first thing this morning to fix it, and they were here about 8 o’clock to get it fixed.”

Zavalla officials said their work in the area from Friday and Saturday cost about $85,000 in repairs and debris removal. 

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