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Harvey brings headaches to Tyler County area

Tyler County Booster

By Valerie Reddell

TYLER COUNTY —While Harvey — the hurricane/tropical storm whose path resembles the wanderings of a drunk uncle — continues to creep through Southeast Texas, Tyler County officials ramped up efforts to minimize the storm's impact on local residents as floodwaters inched up. The Tyler County Emergency Management office advised that another 10 inches of rain could fall in the area before Harvey moves out. Travel out of the Tyler County is severely limited, with U.S. Hwy. 69 between Beaumont and Lumberton now impassable. If you must travel unpaved county roads, use extreme caution. Entergy is reporting multiple outages south of Tyler County. Lost power in the Golden Triangle area is impacting an estimated 10,000 residents. If rising water forces you to leave your home, the Red Cross has established an emergency shelter at True Vine Baptist Church in Doucette. The church is located at 2626 U.S. Highway 69 S. Woodville City Manager Mandy Risinger reports that city streets and utilities are holding steady. The only street closure inside the city limits is the 100 block of Cardinal Drive. Crews are keeping a close eye on the area on Hwy. 69 S near Dairy Queen. Risinger added that 45 mph winds are expected to accompany Harvey's path north and east of Tyler County. "Forty-five mph winds aren't a big deal, but the ground is so saturated, it will blow limbs and possibly some trees will be downed," Risinger said. All public schools in Tyler County are closed until Monday, when Chester ISD students will report back to class. Woodville, Warren, Spurger, Fred and Colmesneil return Tuesday, Sept. 5.

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