Smith county Road & Bridge Department gears up for Ike

The Smith County road and bridge department is preparing for the severe weather due to hit Tyler around tomorrow night.

"Emergency call-out crews are on stand-by and county bulk fuel tanks have been filled to provide fuel for emergency responders and law enforcement," said road administrator Dough Nicholson.

Smith County residents should heed all rising water warning signs and barricades. This cannot be stressed enough. 

If a road is covered by water, don't attempt to cross it.  Rushing water can quickly undermine pavement and cause sinkholes to form rapidly.

Please report flooded roads, blocked roads, downed power lines and any washouts immediately by calling 9-1-1.

Nicholson also warned that road barricades should not be moved. "Please do not put yourself and other citizens in danger by moving barricades.  They signal danger and mean that the roadway is impassable."

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