Lufkin's emergency preparation plans in place ahead of possible rain

Lufkin's emergency preparation plans in place ahead of possible rain
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - While we are in the middle of hurricane season storms could develop at any moment, including a potential storm this weekend. That means officials are on alert monitoring the trends of the weather.

"What we normally do is look at all the equipment that we need that's necessary, and we check out routine maintenance on and make sure the equipment is up to par and ready to go," said Chuck Walker, the streets department director with the City of Lufkin.

Walker is part of a larger team at the City of Lufkin that helps in emergency situation preparations.

"The biggest issue that I see with the City of Lufkin is the flooding in areas that are low-lying," Walker said. "And what we do with the street department is, we will go down and actually block off areas that we know are areas of concern, and we'll send our crews down there and station people at different location to make sure that citizens do not drive into the water."

While activity is low, officials are monitoring the activity on the gulf. Walker said they are stocked on fuel and ready to use barricades if need be on flooded streets and have at least two personnel on call.

While earlier forecasts called for storms this weekend, the City of Lufkin took a proactive approach on the emergency preparations plans.

"So for this particular disturbance, again we are just monitoring the weather more closely," said Jason Arnold, assistant manager with the City of Lufkin. "The emergency management, the leadership, myself and a few others, obviously there's a little more communication than there normally would be knowing that something could be brewing."

Arnold said they are continuing to monitor the development, if any, out of the Gulf.

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