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Neches River Dam B gates to be opened; voluntary evacuation of Barlow Lake Estates, other neighborhoods begins

Updated: May. 17, 2021 at 11:10 PM CDT
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EAST TEXAS (KTRE/KLTV) - With a week of heavy rain forecasted, roads are already flooding around parts of East Texas.

On Monday night, Tyler County Emergency Management said the Corps of Engineers at Dam B will be opening the gates, causing the Neches River to rise to between 78 and 79 feet. TCEM and the Tyler County judges recommend voluntary evacuation of Barlow Lake Estates, Sheffield Ferry, Mount Neches, and any other areas that are low-lying and prone to flooding.

In other areas:

Some parked cars on Douglas Boulevard, near the intersection of Noble Street, in Tyler were close to being flooded. Tyler police have closed the road.

A park in Jasper appeared to be completely underwater. It is located at US 96 near Sandy Creek. County Road 92 in Jasper County is closed due to a road washout, and a vehicle is in the water off of State Highway 63 a few miles east of RR 255.

A post on the Brownsboro Police Department Facebook page stated that the intersection of Saylors and State Highway 31 is barricaded due to flooding. The police department also reported that FM 3204 at FM 3420 is flooded.

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