As of 6:30 am this morning, all roads are open in the Lufkin District except for FM 1280 at Little White Rock and Gayle Creek in Trinity County. We will continue to monitor problematic areas throughout the week with the possibility of continued rain and rising rivers.
FYI – There were a total of 141 roadway sections in Texas affected by high water in the TxDOT Districts of Paris, Wichita Falls, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Lubbock, Abilene, Austin, Waco, Brownwood, Lufkin, San Antonio, Bryan, San Angelo, Odessa, Corpus Christi and Laredo. Eighty-eight of those roadway sections are still closed this morning. This information is accessible to the public at drivetexas.org. This is a living website that changes throughout the day, especially during weather events or roadway emergencies.
I will keep you updated as things progress through the rest of the week and into the weekend if we have any further local issues. Thank you all for your support of our effort to keep the driving public safe and provide a reliable transportation system to Texas.
- 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.