NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - With flood warnings expected to be brought on by Hurricane Harvey, Stephen F. Austin State University students were allowed to move into the dorms a couple of days earlier than scheduled. Some took advantage of the convenience starting Thursday afternoon.
"It's better to get here when it's really hot, instead of when it's hot and wet, and all your stuff gets wet, and it's going to be a bad thing, so I decided to come early," said Kasie Rigsby, an SFA student.
"I think that's really cool where people can beat the weather," said Jamie McIntyre, another SFA student. "I think it's really awesome the school allowed everyone to do that."
Emergency preparedness coordinators across East and Deep East Texas are also gearing up for Hurricane Harvey. In most of their offices the television is turned to weather broadcasts. Once or twice a day conference calls with state emergency offices are held. Right now it's prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
"Local residents should prepare their yards. Go ahead and secure things in the your yard that may be able to blow away," said Tara Triana, the emergency management coordinator for Nacogdoches County. "Be prepared for some flooding in low lying areas and a heavy rain event. Roads may have damage. Trees may fall down. Get a couple of days worth of food and water prepared in the event that power is out."
American Red Cross has sent regional representatives to the Gulf Coast.
East Texas offices remained staffed in case of emergencies.