Flooding Can be Reduced, Not Eliminated

During a storm, Frank at Hill Street is considered a problem area for Lufkin city engineers. When it rains, it's one of the first places to flood.

"Denman [and] Timberland Drive - Hurricane Creek Tributary - that water will flow to the bridge; [Water near] Copeland at Cedar cCeek, Turtle Creek at Cedar Creek, will flow to the bridge when you have fast moving water," said Keith Wright. "It can affect a vehicle and it doesn't take much depth to actually move a vehicle."

If you live or work in either of these areas and have to take any of these roads, use good judgment and common sense whenever rainfall has been heavy.

"Common sense advice is - if you see water of any depth - not to enter it. There is a slogan that we have [in public works] and it's 'turn around, don't drown'."

City engineers now use gauges to measure the amount of rainfall in Lufkin. They can tell which neighborhoods are close to flooding and use that information to warn residents in those areas about potential danger before the water gets too high.

In addition to rain gauges, the City of Lufkin also uses storm sewers and detention ponds to reduce the frequency of flooding.