Storms flood Smith Co. roads


Heavy storms Wednesday morning left roads flooded throughout Smith County.

Water rose in lanes of HWY 69 N at Black Fork Creek, and police were on scene to direct traffic and keep drivers safe.

“The outside lane has been clear enough that we’ve been able to slow cars down and get them through,” says Tyler Police Sgt. Gary Rice. “The water has slowly inched up to where it’s come across the road but it’s not at a level yet to where it’s dangerous.”

Other roads had to be closed off.

Flood waters covered FM 274 at the bridge, and TxDOT and police determined it was unsafe for drivers to cross.  They also were in the process of closing HWY 64 between 279 and 413 Wednesday afternoon.

Many of these roads experience heavy floods every time storms hit the area.  FM 2868 in Flint is one of those.

“It’s kind of a given, I’ve been here about three years so I’ve seen it happen at least 10 times now,” says East Texan Scott Randall.

He says the road was closed on and off throughout the day.

Residents of the Three Creeks Estates neighborhood just off of FM 2868 are growing used to this flooding.

“We really do think it’s due to beavers clogging up the culvert or possibly the culvert’s undersized I don’t know but they have to shut the road down pretty much every time we get over that 4 inch mark,” says Randall.

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