Crews continue to clear roadways today in Houston County in various locations including SH 21 East and FM 227 after weekend storm damage. Drivers are encouraged to take alternate routes.
Debris remains near the edges of the roadways as crews work to remove large trees and debris. Motorists should be aware of large equipment in the area throughout these locations, stay alert and prepare for delays if they must travel these roadways.
“We have great support from law enforcement through the areas where tornados devastated parts of Houston County, and we are asking motorists not to stop and take photos or exit their vehicles for any reason. That is not safe for our crews or for motorists,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer for the Lufkin District. “We encourage motorists to take alternate routes during this clean-up and avoid FM 227 and SH 21 East, if possible. There were still trees falling yesterday because of wind.”
Work to clear the area will continue until roadways and rights-of-way are clear of debris. Motorists are encouraged to remain alert and expect delays. Message boards are in place to alert drivers as they enter a work zone. Be prepared for intermittent lane closures through work areas.
For road conditions and closures statewide, visit drivetexas.org. For more information, contactRhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or (936) 633-4395.
- Rhonda Oaks is the Public Information Officer for the nine-county Lufkin District of the Texas Department of Transportation. A Lufkin native, she is a graduate of Hudson High School and Angelina College. She has a background in print journalism and worked for many years as a newspaper reporter and a freelance writer. She has received eight Associated Press awards. Her articles have been published in many publications over the past 25 years.