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Rain brings risk of flooding; drivers encouraged to take precautions


With the rain expected to continue Tuesday night and into Wednesday, the threat of road flooding is something to be mindful of.

Not even a month ago, East Texas roadways took a beating from a tremendous amount of rain falling down quickly. Tyler's plan for the next 24 hours of anticipated rainfall is constantly evolving.

"It depends on how much rain we get and how quickly we get it," says Tyler City Engineer Carter Delleney.

If it rains consistently over a long period of time, the storm drains will do the job. Regardless, some roadways, like Front Street where it intersects Douglas near the Tyler hospitals, tend to be trouble zones.

"There are those prime locations around town... the lower elevations where you're right next to a creek obviously... they tend to fill up faster," explains Delleney.

The roadway under the bridge that passes over Bonner Avenue near Locust Street is one of the city's most notorious flooding spots. Not even a month ago, so much water covered that roadway that the road needed to be closed and drivers were forced to find other routes.

"It doesn't take much water to make it really impassable for a vehicle," says Delleney.

The street department and storm water utility are keeping an eye on other frequent flooding zones. Some of the Tyler roads that needed closing last month were Sunnybook Drive at Kennedy Avenue, Erwin Street at Saunders Avenue and Oakwood Street at Townsend Avenue.

"We also look at the creeks and channels to make sure we don't have any large blockages impeding water from getting on down the stream," adds Delleney.

The city says they won't make any preemptive closures, but they'll monitor conditions closely, and they encourage travelers to do the same.

"Just be careful. If you can't see the road in front of you because of too much water, it just might be too much water for you to pass," says Delleney.

As always, if the City of Tyler, or any other East Texas cities, have road closures due to weather, we'll be sure to have that information for you on our website.

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