TxDOT Urges Public to Prepare for Hurricane Beryl

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LUFKIN – The Lufkin District is preparing to open its Emergency Operations Center ahead of the impacts expected in East Texas from Hurricane Beryl.

Crews will begin working 12-hour shifts beginning Monday at 7 am in order to begin monitoring and clearing the roadways of any debris caused from the incoming storm. TxDOT also encourages the public to make a plan to stay safe and prepare for winds, possible flooding, and any damage that could occur near their homes.

“Our number one goal is safety, both for our crews as they work through the coming days, and also for the traveling public and our communities as we prepare for a possible Category 1 or 2 hurricane in East Texas,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer. “We urge the public to make a plan, and if you travel, visit our website to determine the best route.”

Additional information for hurricane preparedness, safety tips, and evacuation routes can be found at https://www.txdot.gov/safety/severe-weather/hurricane-preparation.html . Also, drivetexas.org will be updated regularly and the public can access information regarding road conditions and closures statewide.

Items to include in your basic emergency disaster kit include:

·         Water (one gallon per day for drinking and sanitation)

·         Food (non-perishable)

·         Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio with a NOAA Weather Radio tone alert

·         First aid kit

·         Extra batteries

·         Extra fuel (gas for vehicles or generators or propane for grills or cooktops)

·         Moist towelettes

·         Can openers (for food)

·         Cell phone chargers and a backup battery

To stay aware of events in the Lufkin District during the Beryl weather event, follow us on Facebook at Texas Department of Transportation (Lufkin), on X (Twitter) at TxDOTLufkin, or Instagram at txdotlufkin.

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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