East Texas needs to prepare now for Gustav, advise authorities

Gulf coast residents aren't the only ones who should be preparing for Gustav. East Texas could wind up seeing as much as ten inches of rain and tropical storm force winds come Wednesday afternoon.

The American Red Cross and FEMA have suggested ways to prepare for Gustav. Flooding is a very likely possibility, so residents are advised to raise their furnaces, water heaters, and electric panels in your home if possible. Making sure you have flood insurance is always a good idea.

Keep all your insurance policies, documents and other valuables in a safe-deposit box, and if that's not possible, put them in a waterproof bag.

The Red Cross also suggests assembling a disaster kit, as power outages are expected.

That includes canned food, at least three gallons of water per person, flashlights and batteries, and a portable radio.

The city of Tyler says help is in place.

"We have been organizing street crews and water crews and electric companies have been talking to us. They have already staged crew from other areas in the state that already in Tyler with their trucks," said Fire Chief Schlottach with the Tyler Fire Department.

"It's really important for our citizens to be aware that there is potential, not for a hurricane in Tyler, but for some strong damaging winds and some storms, so we need to be prepared."

For more information on Hurricane Gustav, visit our Hurricane Gustav coverage page.

You can also visit the City of Tyler's webpage on Gustav.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com