The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

Local Scene

November 1, 2013

Heavy rains lead to flooding in county



Roads that were flooded Thursday morning included FM 315 in places, U.S. 79 south from Westwood to FM 645, FM 645 to FM 320, parts of FM 320, CR 2054, FM 321 to CR 2706, parts of FM 321, CR 2223 Hills of Spring Creek Road, Spur 324 (closed to the bridge), CR 2401, CR 2504, CR 2303 (culvert and bridge washed out) and CR 2311 (culvert washed out).

In the city, Highland Road was closed due to an electrical pole being down and there were road closures on Reagan, Azell and Green streets.

“The Upper Lake area roads were impassable and U.S. 79 out in the Westwood area was closed all the way out to FM 645,” Wells said.

Due to the flooded roads, employees of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice units in Tennessee Colony and Walmart Distribution Center No. 6036 in Tucker faced dilemmas.

“All the roads the TDCJ guards would use to leave work or those coming in were closed so there was a time those that were on shift stayed and those were due to go in were unable to get there,” Wells said. “It was the same situation with Walmart warehouse – the employees could not leave due to safety and no one could get to work due to the floods.”

At 3:05 a.m., the City of Palestine issued a Code Red to all Palestine city residents signed up with the program to warn about high water on the roads and road closures.

“We wanted to prepare them before they started their morning commutes,” Wells said.

Officials from Palestine and Westwood school districts monitored the roads, with Palestine having to divert some of their routes. Some Westwood routes were impassable.

About 3:24 a.m., dispatch received a call from a man who was frantic about his wife, who was heading to work at Walmart Distribution Center No. 6036 in Tucker.

“He didn't know where she was but he knew which way she traveled,” Wells said.

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