TYLER, Texas — Did you know the most common disaster in Texas is flooding?
With the possibility of strong-to-severe thunderstorms on Friday, it could result in flooding in some areas across East Texas.
Flash flooding is common, occurs quickly, and is very dangerous. Even in flat areas, flash flooding can occur during a heavy downpour.
CBS19 has put together a list of roadways and areas prone to flooding across the Piney Woods:
- Farm-to-Market Road 315 at County Road 314 (Frankston)
- Farm-to-Market Road 861 at Mack Creek (Palestine)
- Farm-to-Market Road 321 West at Catfish Creek (Tennessee Colony)
- Bremond Avenue (Lufkin)
- Farm-to-Market Road 2497 (Diboll)
- Farm-to-Market Road 58 (Lufkin)
- Farm-to-Market Road 324 (Lufkin)
- Farm-to-Market Road 706 (Lufkin)
- Farm-to-Market Road 3150 (Lufkin)
- Farm-to-Market Road 1818 (Diboll)
- Frank Avenue near hospital (Lufkin)
- Frank Avenue under Angelina Street overpass (Lufkin)
- Loop 287 under Tulane Drive overpass (Lufkin)
- Pershing Avenue at Chambers Park (Lufkin)
- County Road 1508 (Gallatin)
- County Road 1405 (Jacksonville)
- County Road 1807 (Maydelle)
- County Road 1316 (Rusk)
- Farm-to-Market Road 2064 (Gould)
- Farm-to-Market Road 2750 (Gould)
- Farm-to-Market Road 855 (Mt. Selman)
- Farm-to-Market Road 2274 (New Summerfield)
- Farm-to-Market Road 23 (Rusk)
- Farm-to-Market Road 1247 (Wells)
- Boorman Trail (Longview)
- Brent Road (Longview)
- Dudley Road (Kilgore)
- Dumas Road (Longview)
- East Tuttle Road (White Oak)
- George Richey Road (White Oak)
- Grace Creek at Cotton Street (Longview)
- Grace Creek at Spur 63 (Longview)
- Grace Creek at Fairmont Street (Longview)
- Grace Creek at Loop 281 (Longview)
- Green Street north of Cotton Street (Longview)
- High Street north of Cotton Street (Longview)
- Highway 135 (Gladewater)
- Houston Street (Kilgore)
- LaFamo Road (Longview)
- Leach Street (Kilgore)
- Lake Devernia - Highway 80 (White Oak)
- Lois Jackson Park (Longview)
- Mobberly Street north of Cotton Street (Longview)
- River Road (Liberty City)
- Shell Camp Road (Gladewater)
- Tomlinson Parkway (Longview)
- Turkey Creek (Kilgore)
- West Hawkins Parkway (Longview)
- West Marshall Avenue at Ward Street (Longview)
- Woodlawn Street (Kilgore)
To check out the full Longview flood map, click here.
- Farm-to-Market Road 315 (Poynor)
- Farm-to-Market Road 3441 (Crossroads)
- East Main Street (Nacogdoches)
- Farm-to-Market Road 226 (Etoile)
- Mound Street (Nacogdoches)
- Old Tyler Road (Nacogdoches)
- Pearl Street (Nacogdoches)
- Powers Street (Nacogdoches)
- Press Road (Nacogdoches)
- State Highway 21 East (Nacogdoches)
- Farm-to-Market Road 13 at Bowles Creek (Price)
- Farm-to-Market Road 3135 (Church Hill)
- Farm-to-Market Road 1798 (Mt. Enterprise)
- County Road 129 (Antioch)
- County Road 2265 (Douglas)
- County Road 185 (Flint)
- County Road 168 (Noonday)
- County Road 178 (Noonday)
- County Road 1125 (Tyler)
- County Road 1141 (Tyler)
- County Road 1131 (Tyler)
- County Road 463 (Wood Springs)
- County Road 472 (Wood Springs)
- U.S. Highway 69 (Flint)
- Farm-to-Market 346 (Tyler)
- Highway 110 (Tyler/Whitehouse)
- Lake Placid Road (Tyler)
- Vineyard Avenue (Tyler)
- Farm-to-Market 2868 (Saline Creek Crossing) (Flint)
- U.S. Highway 271 (Upshur County line)
- Farm-to-Market Road 1254 (Mineola)
- Farm-to-Market Road 1804 (Mineola)
- Farm-to-Market Road 69 (Como)
- Farm-to-Market 312 (Quitman)
- Farm-to-Market Road 515 (Yantis)
- Farm-to-Market 49 (Quitman)
WHAT TO DO BEFORE A FLOOD
- Assess your risk for flooding. Do you live in a flood plain, in a low-lying area, or along the coast? Are there creeks and streams nearby that fill up when it rains? Are there low-lying areas near or around your home’s perimeter?
- If your risks are high, consider getting flood insurance. Most homeowners insurance policies do not cover damage from rising water.
- You may be able to reduce your risks by improving drainage near or around your home. Install drains or dig ditches to help divert water before it has a chance to rise.
- In some cases, sandbags can prevent floodwaters from entering your home. Purchase sandbags if you may need them, and be sure to fill them up ahead of time.
- When the threat of flooding is high, evacuate early. Don’t wait until it’s already flooded. If you have time, shut off the electricity before you go.
- Create your Disaster Supply Kit and keep it in an easily accessible place.
WHAT TO DO DURING A FLOOD
- Keep your Disaster Supply Kit handy so you can grab it and go in case you must evacuate suddenly.
- Don’t underestimate the power of floodwaters. They can move swiftly, often faster than they appear. They are very dangerous. A car will float in only a few inches of swiftly moving water.
- Never allow children to play near floodwaters.
- Adults are also at risk. As little as six inches of moving water can knock an adult off their feet.
- If you become stranded by floodwaters and must escape, wear a life jacket. In some situations, it may be safer to climb onto a rooftop or into a tree and wait for rescue.
- Never drive into flooded roadways. Water can look like it’s only a few inches deep when it’s actually several feet deep. All it takes is one foot of water to make a car or SUV float.
- Moving floodwaters can sweep away your car in a matter of seconds. If you see water on the road, turn around and don’t drown.
WHAT TO DO AFTER A FLOOD
Wait for local emergency management officials to give the all-clear before returning home.
When it’s safe to go home, take the following precautions:
- Do not enter your home if the electricity may still be on.
- Beware of displaced wildlife, such as snakes and bats. Do not handle them.
- Wear sturdy shoes, long pants, long sleeves, and gloves when cleaning up.
- Follow safety recommendations when using chain saws and power tools.
- Help prevent mold by disinfecting household items with a bleach solution.
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