Polk County emergency officials prep for flooding from Imelda

Polk County emergency officials prep for flooding from Imelda

POLK COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - East Texas officials are preparing for the large amounts of rain in the forecast, and that includes Polk County.

Emergency management officials there said 5 to 10 inches of rain is possible in some areas of Polk County between 7 p.m. Wednesday and 7 p.m. Thursday.

Pct. 4 Commissioner Tommy Overstreet said crews are making preparations ensuring there are plenty of supplies. They’re also working to alert residents to avoid low-lying areas prone to flood.

"When you have events like this, we just monitor the weather and get things prepared and in our road and bridge departments as far as fuel and making sure chain saws are good although this is not a wind event you just have your checklist you go through every time to keep before every event," Overstreet said.

“First thing, don’t drive through the high water," Overstreet said.

Officials said they are sending out alerts and warnings drivers about the expected heavy rainfall.

“When you have events like this, we just monitor the weather and get things prepared and in our road and bridge departments,” Overstreet said. “As far as fuel and making sure chain saws are good although this is not a wind event you just have your checklist you go through every time to keep before every event.”

Emergency Management Coordinator Courtney Comstock said Imedla is expected to drop 5 to 10 inches in some areas of Polk County over the next 24 hours.

“When you have a system like this moving through is and with thunderstorms in general, like I said if they train or stall then those heavy amounts of rainfall are possible,” Comstock said.

Overstreet said crews are prepared for the first 72 hours with supplies -- especially fuel.

“You know if you start losing power in those kind of things like that, our fuel supply mainly comes from southeastern Texas, so if hits the Beaumont area, we’ve got to have our tanks all filled up prior to the event,” Overstreet said.

Polk County said they remain under a flash flood warning until Thursday morning.

Click here to see a list of flood-prone roads being monitored by officials.

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