Heavy rain leads to flooding, power outages in many East Texas areas
POSTED: Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 6:28am
UPDATED: Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 6:48am
East Texas (KETK) — Heavy rain in the early morning hours on Thursday has led to flooding in some parts of East Texas. Overnight, several flash flood warnings and watches were issued in the area, including: Anderson, Angelina, Cass, Cherokee, Franklin, Gregg, Morris, Nacogdoches, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith, and Titus counties.
Local law enforcement reports trees have fallen and roads have closed in numerous counties.
Smith County Sheriffs office tells KETK that FM 2868 was closed about a mile east of Hwy. 155 for a few hours due to high water. It has since reopened.
Palestine Emergency Management reported that there were many roads closed in Anderson County. An exact list of roads was not given, but it did include Highway 79.
The 1200 block of Bassett, N Sycamore Rd near Ezell and Green Streets in Palestine were all also closed due to high water.
As the day progresses, many additional roads may close. Drivers are encouraged to use caution when on the road, and to account for extra time to reach their destination.
Drive safely, East Texas!
Power outages have also been reported across the region. As of 7:45 a.m. on Thursday, there were reports of several hundred people without power.
CLASSES AT WODEN ISD IN NACOGDOCHES COUNTY WILL START AT 10:00 A.M. DUE TO A POWER OUTAGE IN THEIR COMMUNITY.