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Flash flood watch in effect today in East Texas

From Staff Reports
Oct. 15, 2013 at 3:13 a.m.

A flash flood watch is planned today for much of East Texas and surrounding areas.

The National Weather Service reports the watch will begin at 1 p.m. as heavy rainfall and a cold front move into the area. Some areas could see as much as 4 or 5 inches of rain.

The watch is in effect until 1 p.m. Wednesday and includes Gregg, Harrison, Upshur, Rusk, Smith, Panola, Marion, Wood, Camp, Cass, Bowie, Cherokee, Morris Titus and Franklin counties.

Heavy downpours could produce flash flooding of low-lying areas and places with poor drainage. Roads near streams and creeks that routinely overflow could be affected.

Motorists are encouraged to avoid areas where water covers the roadway. If you are driving and get caught in high water, get out and quickly move to higher ground.

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