Heavy Rain Results In School Delays, Impassable Roads

Runoff from heavy rains in Falls County. (Photo by Christina Truong)

TEAGUE (October 31, 2013) Some residents were evacuated from their homes early Thursday morning in Teague after water began rising in their houses.

The Teague fire department and National Weather Service officials confirmed residents in four houses near Turtle Creek were evacuated due to rising water but there were no reports of injury.

The Dew ISD reported a late start for students Thursday due to heavy rain.

Busses at the Dew ISD will run at 9 a.m., faculty is to report at 9:30 a.m. and classes will begin at 10 a.m., the superintendent’s office said.

In Teague rural bus routes will run 45 minutes late and only on major roadways, but classes will begin at normal times.

As well Rogers ISD is running buses two hours late for a 10 a.m. start due to flooded roadways, the superintendent said.

As of 4:30 a.m. Thursday the NWS had flash flood warnings in effect in eastern Bell, Falls, Milam, Robertson, Limestone, and Freestone counties.

In Tehuacana, in Limestone County, there were several roads flooded and impassable and reports of debris and fallen trees and branches in the roadways.

The sheriff’s office reported some roads in the Tehuacana area were being washed out by fast moving rainwater.

Runoff from heavy rainfall also will continue to produce flash flooding conditions from Thornton to Marlin to Holland and across other areas of southeastern Bell and Falls counties.

Just before 5 a.m. in Groesbeck State Highway 164 had significant flooding and was essentially impassable and other major roadways in the southern part of the county were also experiencing significant flooding.

In Falls County the NWS reported Farm-to-Market Road 1373 was underwater between FM 413 and State Highway 6.

Rainfall totals in the area included reports 4.48 inches in Little River, Streetman had 3.53 inches, Lake Limestone had 2.94 inches, Easterly reported 2.19 inches and Groesbeck had 8.15 inches.

Rain should move off to the east throughout the day Thursday, which should allow for rain-free weather for area trick-or-treating, News 10 Meteorologist Brady Taylor said and the area will see sunny skies and nice weather this weekend, followed by another round of rain early next week.