From the City of Nacogdoches...
As the remnants of Hurricane Gustav enter the East Texas area, residents of Nacogdoches and Nacogdoches County could see tropical force winds and heavy rainfall.
The Nacogdoches area could begin feeling the effects of Gustav as early as Monday. There is a slight chance that tropical storm winds could impact the area. Sustained wind speeds of approximately 40 mph or greater are possible. Residents are asked to secure lawn furniture and outside items that may be blown by these winds. Hanging baskets and flower pots should be secured or brought inside. Persons residing in mobile homes should have an alternate place in the event of high winds. Persons in high profile vehicles should use caution.
Weather forecasters predict with high probability that the East Texas area will have a significant heavy rainfall event during the period of Monday through Wednesday. Rainfall amounts of 2" to 5" and greater are very possible with this storm. Persons residing in low-lying areas should begin now readying their property for possible flash flooding. Motorists should never attempt to drive through standing water. Motorists should turn around to avoid high water.
Members of the Nacogdoches Fire Department are distributing warning flyers in low lying and flood prone areas of the city, especially areas along the Banita and Lanana Creeks. Nacogdoches County Volunteer Fire Departments are making like notifications in flood prone areas of the county. Flash flooding is a real and probable threat to the Nacogdoches area, and residents are urged to prepare now. Area residents needing shelter should report to the Nacogdoches Recreation Center, 1112 North Street.
Tornadoes and severe thunderstorms are possible during this event. Power outages should be expected. Residents are reminded to only operate portable generators in well-ventilated areas. Combustible engines, such as those used on generators, give off carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless deadly gas. Never connect a generator to a home without the main breaker being turned off. Failure to do so may energize power lines that are down and pose a deadly hazard to workers repairing the lines.
In Nacogdoches, housing some 443 evacuees.
The check in point for evacuees after 12:00 noon Monday will be the Nacogdoches Recreation Center at 1112 North Street. Persons seeking shelter are asked to report to this location where they will receive sheltering instructions. Do not report directly to a shelter.
The Nacogdoches Emergency Operations Center was activated at 10:00 AM Saturday morning, and remains operational on a 24-hour basis.
The City of Nacogdoches emergency telephone bank is also in operation. Persons needing information should call the telephone bank at 936-559-2510. The telephone bank is operational 24 hours.
City offices will resume operations on a limited basis on Tuesday, September 2