EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - Heavy rain produced by remnants of Tropical Depression Imelda is prompting road closures and affecting school openings throughout Deep East Texas.
“Motorists should stay alert and respect all warnings and traffic control near flooded roads,” the traffic alert stated. “Choose alternate routes.”
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that water is over Stryker Road at the bridge as a result of heavy rainfall produced by the remnants of Tropical Depression Imelda. A post on the Polk County Emergency Management Facebook page stated that the road is impassable at this time.
TxDOT is reporting US 59, south of Shepherd at Red Road is shut down due to flooding. They say southbound traffic is being turned around and detoured onto US 190 West in Livingston to Huntsville on I-45 South.
Because of the flash flooding that is occurring Polk County, Goodrich ISD’s administration made the decision to cancel class at the school district on Thursday. The superintendent’s secretary said they keeping an eye on the weather conditions, and they will make a decision about whether to have school Friday sometime later today or early tomorrow morning.
TxDOT is reporting several roads in San Jacinto County are shut down due high waters. FM 945 south of the San Jacinto River and FM 2025 at the Bowen Loop are both shut down. Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes.
The Polk County Emergency Management Facebook page also had a post that stated Livingston ISD will have a two-hour delayed start Thursday morning because of the expected severe weather. Classes will start two hours later than normal, and all buses will run two hours later than their regular schedule, the post stated.
Big Sandy ISD, which is located in Dallardsville, will have a delayed start, according to Superintendent Eric Carpenter. Buses will run two hours later than normal. Classes will begin at 9:50 a.m.
Leggett ISD is delaying the start of classes until 10:00 a.m. Buses will run two hours later for morning pickup.
In nearby Tyler County, Chester ISD will also have a delayed start. Classes for that school district will also start at 10 a.m., according to Charlotte Barnes, CISD’s secretary.
Colmesneil ISD has announced a 9:30 a.m. start time for students.
Woodville ISD buses will also run two hours later than their normal time. School will start Thursday at 9:30 a.m.