Flash Flooding Closes Roads

Western parts of Cherokee county were hit hard early this morning as widespread, heavy rain moved over areas that were already hit with 5-6 inches of rain just two days ago.

At 12:30pm this afternoon, Doppler Radar estimates that another 5-6 inches of rain has already fallen across soaked areas of western Cherokee county, with some isolated areas seeing as much as 7 inches of rain.

Due to all the high water underneath overpasses and area roadways, US HWY 84 and US HW 79 have been closed this afternoon.

Both of these roadways are closed as you head west out of Jacksonville and Rusk.

These roadways are impassible so don't attempt to drive in or near these areas.

Remember, if you drive up to any roadways that are covered with water, turn around and find an alternate route.

It is better that you arrive late than to risk having your car swept into a current of rapidly rising water and risk losing your life.

We will continue to monitor the situation across western Cherokee county and have more information when available.