Trees, power lines downed, oil holding tank burns in Gregg County

GREGG COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - By Bob Hallmark - bio | email
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GREGG COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - In Gregg County, storms downed trees, blocking roadways. Power lines were toppled, and a lightning strike caught an oil holding tank on fire.

Off Mackey Road in northeast Gregg County the rains threatened to wash the road and wildlife away.

"The water was over the road at least a good eight inches or so," said Clay Graves, a Gregg County Precinct 1 worker. "In these hard rains there's just no way that these creeks and pipe that we got in here can handle a hard hard rain like that."

Engine three will be available.

In White Oak, an oil storage tank was hit by lightning, setting it on fire and having to be doused by two area fire departments.

"Apparently what we have here is a fiberglass tank that had salt water and condensate in it," explained White Oak Fire Chief Jim Nall. "We think probably we had a lightning strike on the tank and it exploded and burned the contents. We did knock it down before it got to any of the other tanks. That's always a concern for secondary explosions."

The heaviest rains pummeled downtown Longview, causing drainage to overflow popping manhole covers on several streets.

Numerous slide-off accidents were reported on the streets and the interstate.

"The rains came so fast and hard that it just rolled right off the ground instead of soaking in," said Graves.

There were no serious injuries were reported in Gregg County.

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