Continuous thunderstorms are causing issues throughout Deep East Texas. In Lufkin, there were several flooded streets.

According to the City of Lufkin Communications Director Jessica Pebsworth as of 7:44 AM the following streets were flooded.

  • Frank Avenue
  • Ellis at Raguet near Pineywoods Community Academy
  • Johnson Avenue
  • Pershing Avenue Bridge near Chambers Park

I drove through most of those areas at 9:30 AM, and crews from the City of Lufkin were on site, likely clearing drains. At that time there was no water on Pershing near Chambers Park, but there are still reports of standing water on Frank Ave near CHI St. Luke's Hospital.

Do Not Drive Though Standing Water In East Texas

More rain continues to fall, and you should still take precautions when traveling around town, as conditions could change rapidly. Vehicles stalled early this morning after driving through standing water on Frank Avenue.

TSM Lufkin
TSM Lufkin

If you encounter standing water the city urges us not to drive through it. They have also asked that everyone slow down, and expect delays when traveling around town.

Schools In Deep East Texas Close Due To Flooding

Areas further south in the Polk County area are experiencing much worse conditions. Corrigan-Camden ISD is closed today, Thursday, May 2nd due to the severe weather, continuous rainfall, and flooding.

Goodrich ISD is also closed as parts of Polk County are under a mandatory evacuation order for low-lying unincorporated areas along the Trinity River and below the Lake Livingston Dam. This has the Trinity River at over 22 feet higher than usual.

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Highway 59/I 69 is closed at Livingston making travel to Houston and back to East Texas a challenge at this time.

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