A driver was rescued from a car submerged in a creek off Harrison Road in Gregg County late Wednesday afternoon, and continuing rain prompted the closures during the morning of Longview's popular Paul G. Boorman Trail and Lois Jackson Park, along with Lake Gladewater and several area roads.
The Gregg County Sheriff's Office received a report at 4:58 p.m. Wednesday of a submerged vehicle in Hawkins Creek off West Harrison Road, west of Jordan Valley Road. The sole occupant of the car — a man — was trapped on the roof of the vehicle.
Gregg County sheriff's spokesman Lt. Josh Tubb said the driver had lost control of the vehicle, which ended up in Hawkins Creek.
Longview Fire Department personnel extended a ladder to the vehicle, allowing the man to walk to safety, Tubb said. The Texas Department of Public Safety responded to the incident, and a wrecker service was attempting to retrieve the vehicle from the water late Wednesday.
The storm, which started a week ago, dumped 1.36 inches from midnight Tuesday to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a rain gauge the National Weather Service monitors at the East Texas Regional Airport.
The storm brought the year's total so far in Longview to 8.33 inches, said Marty Mayeaux, senior forecaster with the weather service in Shreveport. That compares with last year's total of 4.31 inches as of this date and the average of 4.94 inches by this time.
Mayeaux said the weather service at 3:14 p.m. canceled a flash flood warning because flooding had subsided. The warning was to remain in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday.
That action occurred hours after the city of Longview closed the Boorman trail and Lois Jackson Park, which were both under water, city spokesman Shawn Hara said.
"Anytime that the creeks are rising, then the trail is closed," Hara said. He said the trail will reopen once the rain recedes.
The city of Gladewater closed Lake Gladewater around 9 a.m. because of rising waters, said Steve Matlock, the city's water treatment plant manager. He said the lake rose 2 feet above the spillway.
"The water is rising pretty quickly in town," Matlock said late Wednesday morning. "It is still raining pretty hard here."
He said the water almost rose up to the road, Lakeshore Drive, leading to the lake.
However, Lake Cherokee remained open Wednesday morning because the lake was only 6 inches above the spillway at its dam, Lake Cherokee Manager Erin Summerlin said. She said management would close the lake if the level rose 1 to 1 1/2 feet above the spillway, which is at 280 feet.
"Right now, it's fine," Summerlin said around 11 a.m. "Just saturated ground."
The rain saturated many roads in the area. Longview police Wednesday morning shared photos of flooding on Brent and Dumas roads in northwest Longview. Police also reported closures on Lafamo and Pliler Precise roads at Judson Road.
The Gregg County Sheriff's Office about 8:15 a.m. reported the flooding-related closures of Lonesome Pine Road between Hunter and Northridge roads, Old Highway 135 south of Smith Road, Texas 135 south of Country Club Road, FM 1650 off U.S. 259, Mackey Road at the Upshur County line, Big Woods and Campbell roads and McCann Road at Fuller Road.
Longview-area residents will get relief from the rain today until Saturday night, with cloudy skies gradually becoming sunny with an afternoon high today of 49, the weather service forecast. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 28.
Friday is predicted to be sunny, with a high near 51 and an overnight low around 33.
Saturday is expected to be mostly sunny, with a high near 62. A 20% chance of showers is forecast for Saturday night, which will be mostly cloudy with a low around 49.
The weather service expects Sunday to be partly sunny, with a high near 69. A 20% chance of showers is forecast for Sunday night, with mostly cloudy skies and a low around 56.
Monday is predicted to see a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms, mostly cloudy skies and a high near 74. The chance for showers and thunderstorms is likely to increase to 50% by Monday night, with a low around 57.