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East Texas preparing for possible flash floods

Flood Hazard sign in Tyler. (Source: KLTV Staff) Flood Hazard sign in Tyler. (Source: KLTV Staff)
SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

Some East Texans spent the calm before the storm Monday preparing for the forecasted showers this afternoon and evening.

Last month, flash floods caused damage across East Texas. That was the last time KLTV 7 met up with Kathy Parker. A tree had fallen on her house due to flooding in a nearby creek.

“I am hoping and praying that it bypasses Tyler completely. And if it doesn’t, I’ll just have to wait and see what happens,” Parker said.

Until then, officials say police, fire, and the street department are working together and will be standing by all night as they have many times before.

“If you’re driving over the road and the water is over it, don’t drive through it,” Oren Hale, the Smith County Assistant Fire Marshal, said.

“Turn around don’t drown comes to play a lot with, you know, roadways with overtopping water,” Carter Delleney, a Tyler City Engineer, agreed.

What you may not realize is that it takes just six inches of water to sweep you off your feet and about 12 inches or, half way up your tire, to take your car away.

“There’s nothing we can do to prevent a flash flood. That’s mother nature’s way of giving us a little extra water,” Hale said.

But you can clean out storm drains and gutters, bring pets inside, call emergency responders if needed and do as the experts do.

“Your meteorologists stay on top of things like that and we get a lot of information from them,” Hale explained.

There are no areas untouched when flash flooding happens, Hale said.

“It’s all over Smith County and the people that live in those areas they know that they flood,” Delleney said.

Especially, people like Kathy.

“The only thing right now, where I sit, in the position that I’m in right now, is in God’s hands,” she said, hoping things don’t happen like last time.

Officials also remind you that if you see any weather related damage that needs to be reported, call your local law enforcement non-emergency line.

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