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Businesses, agencies in Nacogdoches gearing up for Hurricane Harvey

Highway 59 traffic picks up as coastal residents take safety north of Hurricane Harvey. (Source: KTRE Staff) Highway 59 traffic picks up as coastal residents take safety north of Hurricane Harvey. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Grocery stores are busy. Kroger has a contingency plan in place should trucks from Houston are unable to roll. (Source: KTRE Staff) Grocery stores are busy. Kroger has a contingency plan in place should trucks from Houston are unable to roll. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Generators were sold out at the Nacogdoches Lowe’s Friday morning. The store is a delivery hub for stores south of Deep East Texas. (Source: KTRE Staff) Generators were sold out at the Nacogdoches Lowe’s Friday morning. The store is a delivery hub for stores south of Deep East Texas. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Hurricane Harvey’s path is uncertain. East Texans are advised to prepare for flooding into next week. Emergency workers say, ‘we have your back.' (Source: KTRE Staff) Hurricane Harvey’s path is uncertain. East Texans are advised to prepare for flooding into next week. Emergency workers say, ‘we have your back.' (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

Hotels in the Deep East Texas area are already serving as a refuge for coastal residents seeking higher ground from Hurricane Harvey. 

Emergency support has been mobilized.

Weatherwise, Deep East Texas may not see the effects of Hurricane Harvey until next week when substantial rainfall is likely. 

Retail wise...

"You look at SFA coming back,” said Vicki Ontivero, a store manager. “You look at Harvey the hurricane."

And you've got lines at the Nacogdoches Kroger indicating East Texans are stocking up on supplies.

"It's basically everything is going,” Ontivero said.

Dry goods come from Houston. If deliveries are blocked by Harvey, there's a plan in place.

"Dallas warehouse has said don't worry about it,” Ontivero said. “We've been through this before. This is not new. Dallas will take care of us."

Big box stores such as Walmart and Lowe's have mobilized emergency support for South Texas. Conference calls about Harvey preps gave regional store managers additional responsibilities. 

"We are going to be a pro-hub spot for the stores down south, so we will have product available to ship to those stores if necessary,” said Brooke Barber, an assistant manager at Lowe’s.

Water and plywood are in high demand. So are generators. Fifteen were sold this morning from the Nacogdoches Lowe's. No more deliveries are expected until after next week, but Logan Furlow, an emergency relief team member is in place for staff and customers. 

"We have a team of five that will go out to other stores depending on how bad they're hit,” Barber said. Just help with customer service and any damages the store incurs. And then we have just our store team in the event something happens here."

The big uncertainty now is where Harvey will cause the most damage. 

“We really don't know until it happens,” said Sgt. Greg Sowell, the emergency management spokesperson for Nacogdoches city and county.

Sgt Greg Sowell reassured Deep East Texans that emergency personnel have your back.  
"Be in contact with the police department. Be in contact with the emergency management coordinator, both with the city and the county,” Sowell said. “This will be an all weekend, onto in next week it looks like because it's not forecast to be over until late next week."

It should provide time for Deep East Texans to develop their own plan of action in the defense of Hurricane Harvey.

Prepared motorists have filled up their vehicles. 

Cars were stacked up at pumps today, but the customers we talked to said an empty tank, not Hurricane Harvey, influenced the fill-ups. 

That could all change, after you hear this. 

Overnight, gasoline jumped nine cents per gallon at the Kroger pumps. Prices move up as refiners take precautionary measures. Platforms and rigs are being shut down in anticipation of the storm. 

A gallon of gas will cost between five and 15 cents more, according to Oil Price Information Service. However, prices should be back down by next week.

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