Contact: Rhonda Oaks

Phone: (936) 633-4395

Date: June 3, 2019


Hurricane season began on June 1, 2019 and ends Nov. 30, 2019.  It's why Lufkin District supervisors and district leaders met Monday to discuss the hurricane season forecast, preparations and district actions and responses should a hurricane move inland from the Texas Gulf Coast.

TxDOT urges motorists and residents to prepare now for any weather emergency that might occur during this time. Residents are urged to make a plan that includes:

  • How to receive emergency alerts and warnings.
  • Preparing a shelter-in-place plan and stocking up on needed supplies.
  • Locating the closest evacuation routes from your home and area.
  • Making a communication plan for family members in case you are separated during a storm.

Motorists are urged to familiarize themselves with evacuation route maps ahead of time. Major evacuation routes leading from the Gulf Coast through East Texas include US 69, US 59 and US 96. These maps showing detailed areas from Beaumont, Corpus Christi, Houston, Pharr and Yoakum are listed on our website. There's also information guiding you to other emergency services, agencies, weather forecasts and even live traffic camera feeds. 

East Texans are urged to keep an emergency kit of non-perishable foods and bottled water on hand, extra gasoline, batteries, flashlights, candles and a battery-operated radio in case of a power loss. Motorists are urged to reduce speed, buckle up and stay alert when driving in any inclement weather.

“Early preparation is key to staying safe in a weather event such as a hurricane or tornado,” said Rhonda Oaks, public information officer. “We urge all East Texans to make a plan. As always, TxDOT crews are prepared to work around the clock, if needed, in the on-going effort to keep the traveling public safe.”

Motorists should never attempt to drive around a barricaded roadway into a flooded area. It is illegal to go around TxDOT orange cones or barricades. In the case of local flooding, check TxDOT Lufkin on Twitter for local closures and alerts, TxDOT on Facebook or DriveTexas™ for road conditions statewide.

 

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