Press release from the Texas Department of Transportation:
Lufkin - Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) maintenance crews continue the process of assessing damage to roadways and clearing them of debris. The top priority for signal crews today is repairing traffic signals and returning them to normal operation.
Today's operations include not only getting trees and other debris off the roads but also counting the trees and taking sign inventory. Emergency contracts are also being let to assist with tree removal and sign replacement.
"We've cleared all of the trees off the roadways except those entangled in power lines," said Kathi White, TxDOT spokesperson. "All remaining debris will be removed when it is safe to do so. Crews worked through the night cutting and removing trees, clearing debris from the highways, and repairing damaged signs and signals for the safety of the traveling public."
Meanwhile, traffic is flowing relatively smoothly with no major road closures. TxDOT personnel are currently working to adjust the traffic patterns in preparation for traffic re-entry to affected areas such as Beaumont. Personnel are also manning courtesy patrols and directing traffic to assist motorists, and refueling first responder vehicles.
TxDOT's number one priority is the safety of its employees and the traveling public.