Bridges flooded, washed away in Smith County

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - By Courtney Lane - bio | email
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SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Roads and bridges are washed out by storms across East Texas. In Smith County, southwest of Tyler the area around Lake Placid Road and FM 2661 was hit extremely hard and created a big mess.

It looked and sounded like a waterfall. In fact, rushing waters were so powerful, they washed away a bridge on Lake Placid Road, carving a path directly through the pavement, leaving a large gap.

Nearby, FM 2661 was also flooded and littered with debris, with part of it closed as well.

EMS workers had a difficult time getting to one patient's home, and then getting back out to take them to a hospital. Police say if you come across a similar scene, don't take any chances.

"Do not drive into any heavy water," said Officer Don Martin, with the Tyler Police Department. "Your engine can become flooded and then you're stuck."

Another dangerous spot developed north of that near Tyler Regional Pounds Airport on FM 724. When Donna Kirk crossed one particular bridge there were no warning or detour signs. She says it was scary getting across, fighting to stay on the road.

"You can feel the water starting to push the vehicle," said Kirk. "I was afraid it was going to push me off the road. It isn't that deep but there's a lot of force behind it."

Water is finally draining off, but not before taking a toll on our roads, homes, and vehicles.

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