Hit hard by 'Laura,’ Newton County prepares for possible ‘Delta’ impacts

Some counties in Deep East Texas are preparing for the possibility Hurricane Delta could impact them. A few counties are still recovering from Hurricane Laura.

Newton County judge discusses preparations for Hurricane Delta

NEWTON COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - Some counties in Deep East Texas are preparing for the possibility Hurricane Delta could impact them. A few counties are still recovering from Hurricane Laura.

“We’re doing a lot of preparations at this particular time,” Toledo Baptist Church pastor Cliff Schadler said.

Toledo Baptist Church is near Toledo Village in northern Newton County.

“Getting our chainsaws ready all over again,” he said. “Getting our generators gassed up and all of that sort of thing.”

He says they are taking more precautions about Hurricane Delta because of the damage Toledo Village sustained during Hurricane Laura exactly six weeks ago.

“We finally got most of the trees off of the houses and now they are going back to try to clean up some of the other debris and trees are down everywhere in our village here,” Schadler said.

“If you look around it just looks like bombs are everywhere,” said Geralann Barnes. “Just a lot of destruction.”

The Barnes family says while they sustained some damage in Toledo Village, they are concerned for others with what Hurricane Delta could bring.

“For a lot of people who still have blue tarps on their roof or even haven’t been able to cover it and trees that haven’t come down that need to come down,” she said.

Newton County Judge Kenneth Weeks says while they are still picking up debris and recovering from Hurricane Laura, they are watching Hurricane Delta.

“We are taking preparations for the worst but hoping for the best,” Weeks said. “We are geared up. We’re ready.”

Weeks says he issued a Disaster Declaration for Newton County Thursday morning.

“We don’t anticipate a large amount of damage, so we’re not going to put any kind of evacuation in order at this time,” Weeks said.

He says to stay alert and be prepared.

“Go to the grocery store and get you flashlights, food, and water so you can be prepared for the next few days,” Weeks said.

He says while they are not expecting a large amount of damage like with Hurricane Laura, he says to watch for low-lying areas with possible flooding, weakened trees that can fall, and to be aware there may be power outages.

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