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City of Lufkin providing free sandbags in preparation for expected heavy rain

Updated: May. 13, 2021 at 5:14 PM CDT
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LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - The City of Lufkin will once more be offering free sandbags to local residents who wish to take precautions due to expected heavy rain.

The giveaway will take place Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Grace Dunne Richardson Park in Lufkin. City of Lufkin Communications Director Jessica Pebsworth said the City will supply all materials including bags, sand and shovels, however individuals must fill the bags themselves.

A City of Lufkin Street Department crew member will be there to oversee the supply station.

“We are doing this in light of recent, heavy rainfall and flooding. The forecast for the coming week shows rain every day,” said Pebsworth.

“We want to make sure to be prepared,” Street Department Director Dwayne Greenwood said. “I would rather have it and not need it, then need it and not have it. Our soil can’t hold much more water, so we’re just trying to be prepared.”

Greenwood said their crews have been out since Sunday in creeks, ditches and even clearing culverts.

He said with the floodwaters come debris, which can cause more flooding.

Greenwood said the City has removed about 50 dump truck loads of debris out of creeks.

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