TxDOT Continues Cleanup After Beryl

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LUFKIN – TxDOT crews in the Lufkin District began storm cleanup Monday as soon as it was safe to respond to impacted areas after Tropical Storm Beryl caused extensive damage. Work to remove debris will continue for several weeks.

The wind caused hundreds of trees to fall throughout East Texas, including more than 465 in San Jacinto County, another 275 in Trinity County, and nearly 70 in Angelina County. The Emergency Operation Center closed at noon on Monday as crews in all nine counties of the Lufkin District continued work to remove debris from the roadways in many areas.

Only one high water location was reported as of Tuesday morning, located on FM 945 North at the San Jacinto River. Several traffic signals remain inoperable due to power outages throughout the district. Motorists should treat any intersection as a four-way stop if traffic signals are not working.

“We are still assessing damage and we continue to receive calls in regard to downed trees through the district,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer. “We had more than 1,200 trees total come down on our right of ways and roadways throughout this weather event, and the public can expect crews to continue to respond in an ongoing effort to keep the roads clear of any debris and open for travel.”

Motorists are urged to stay alert for work zones that will be set in many areas until this work is completed. Obey all traffic control in areas damaged by the storm. Visit drivetexas.org for all road conditions or closures statewide.

For more information, contact Rhonda.Oaks@txdot.gov or call (936) 633-4395.

Rhonda Oaks
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.

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