Current Conditions

Press the enter key or spacebar to expand or collapse the accordion

AlertMePolkCounty
AlertMePolkCounty feed for Polk County, Texas Emergency Management Website

May 18, 2024

Polk County - Applying for FEMA Individual Assistance Polk County has received a Presidential Declaration for FEMA Individual Assistance. Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated areas can apply for assistance at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362). When you submit an application, be sure to write down your claim number. Polk County Emergency Management will work with the Texas Division of Emergency Management to establish a Disaster Assistance Center in the County for persons needing help with submitting an application. Emergency Management will announce the location and additional details regarding this center when plans are confirmed.

 

May 17, 2024

*POLK COUNTY HAS RECEIVED A PRESIDENTIAL DECLARATION FOR FEMA INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE*  

President Biden Partially Approves Governor Abbott’s Request For Major Disaster Declaration For Severe Weather, Flooding

AUSTIN — Governor Greg Abbott today announced that President Joe Biden approved the state’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration for Texas counties impacted by severe weather and flooding that began on April 26.

“The partial approval of my Presidential Disaster Declaration request is a crucial step in the right direction in helping Texans rebuild and recover from recent severe weather events,” said Governor Abbott. “I thank President Biden and his administration’s assistance as Texas continues to respond to severe weather and flooding across the state. Texas is working around-the-clock to provide all necessary resources to help Texans move forward from these devastating storms.”

This partial approval allows qualifying Texans who sustained damage to apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Individual Assistance Program funding to assist with expenses such as temporary housing, emergency home repairs, uninsured and underinsured personal property losses, disaster legal services, disaster unemployment assistance, and medical, dental, and funeral expenses caused by the disaster. Counties approved for Individual Assistance programs include Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity, and Walker counties.

This approval also authorizes additional FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program resources to be made available statewide and authorizes the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Program for physical and economic loss for the seven counties approved for Individual Assistance.

The Governor’s request for FEMA’s Public Assistance program, which would ensure eligibility for 26 designated counties to utilize grant funding for emergency work and repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities, remains under review. The grant funding afforded under FEMA’s Public Assistance program would assist in covering jurisdictional expenses for debris removal, emergency protective measures, roads and bridges, water control facilities, public buildings and contents, public utilities, parks, recreational, and other facilities. Additionally, the Governor has directed TDEM to work with local, state, and federal partners to ensure all other Texas counties that meet their federally-set Public Assistance thresholds are added to this federal declaration.

Governor Abbott continues to take action to provide all available resources to help support local communities from the impacts of severe weather, including:

  • Readying state emergency response resources on April 25 ahead of wildfire and severe weather threats.
  • Issuing a disaster declaration on April 30 for counties affected by recent storms and deploying additional state emergency response resources in anticipation of severe weather and flooding. The Governor first amendedhis disaster declaration on May 2, updated it furtheron May 7, and amendedthe state declaration again on May 15.
  • Increasingthe readiness level of the State Emergency Operations Center to help support local officials with requests for state assistance.
  • Holding a briefing on May 6 with local and state officials from impacted areas and providing an update on the state’s robust response efforts in support of local communities.
  • Requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration on May 15 for Texas communities impacted by severe storms.

 

CURRENT ROAD CONDITIONS:

May 17, 2024

ROAD CONDITION REPORT - May 17, 2024
 
10:00 am
Swanee Dr - report running water over road (Southland Plantation)
9:00 am
FM 943 @Menard Creek, high water on road (TXDOT)
FM 2969 before the church - water on road, not passable

 

May 16, 2024

Flooding is occurring on roadways countywide. Reports continue to come into the Emergency Operations Center. Follow our page for updates on road conditions. Monitor DriveTexas.org for TXDOT road condition updates. Stay safe!
 
HEAVY RAINS - ROAD CONDITIONS - 5/16/24
(This Post will be updated as road conditions are reported)
10:00
SH146 Open
9:00
One Such and Non Such Rds are passable
SH 146 @ Choates Creek opened except for outside northbound lane
Crystal Lakes W is open.
Darden Rd at Bridge is closed
Old Woodville Rd at Choates Creek is closed.
8:30
Crystal Lakes W @ Hwy 190 E temporarily closed
Soda Oaks reported to be flooded at creek, impassable
FM 2665, FM 1988 @ El Camino and Loop 393, Goodrich VFD reports water is off the roadways
8:00 pm
Hwy 59 S @ Goodrich is passable
FM 2665 @ Copeland Creek - not passable
SH 146 S @ Sunny Dr - not passable
FM 352 - tree over road (TXDOT notified)
SH 146 S @ Choates Creek - one lane open to alternating traffic
Nettles Cemetery Rd water over bridge
Darden Rd, bridge washed out
7:30 pm
SH 146 S @ Choates Creek has improved/water on northbound lane, southbound lane is clear
MLK is clear
Hwy 190 E at Creekside Ln/Sheco area is clear
Hwy 190 E is passable
N Lincoln Wiggins St @ Ole Long Pull Rd is washed out in several areas
7:00 pm
TXDOT reports flooding on FM 350 N between Annie Watts Rd and Bridge Rd and FM 350 S at Kate Lowe Rd
TXDOT reports flooding on US Hwy 59 in Goodrich. Picture below provided by South Polk County VFD Fire Department
US Hwy 59 southbound 1 foot of water on road/TXDOT enroute
Holiday Lake Estates - multiple roads beginning to flood
6:30 pm
Tom Cummings Rd between Mill Gate & Plantation Dr - bridge underwater - impassable
Rhetts Run - tree on road (just off Tom Cummings Rd)
FM 2650 north of Hwy 787 - 3 inches water on road/tree across road (Cleveland Area)
Ellis Grimes - water over road, passable only to larger vehicles
SH 146 near Summerall Rd, water on lanes but passable
W FM 1988 @ El Camino - not passable
Jefferson Davis & Savannah Ln (Southland Plantation) not passable
Hwy 190 E construction zone - water on road but passable
FM 2457 @ Chris Brent and @ FM 3126 (Blanchard Baptist Church), water over road, passable
Double A Lakes @ FM 1276 - not passable
FM 1988 1 mile east of Hwy 59 - impassable (no power or lights on any roadways in this area)
FM 1988 & FM 3126 water over road
6:00 pm
E Denham - Choates Creek out
Mill Gate & Jefferson Davis - not passable
Hwy 190 E @ Menard Creek - impassable
Hwy 190 E @ Wilson Rd - water over road, almost impassable
FM 350 S @ High School - water over road, passable
FM 350 N @ Town & Country water on road, passable
Walnut Ridge Rd - water over road
Hwy 190 E - Choates Creek coming out of its banks at SHECO
FM 943 @ SH 146 S - water over bridge
Sweetwater Rd & Creekside Ln - impassable
Cardinal - power lines down
SH 146 @ Escapees, almost impassable
Hwy 59 @ Stallion Station - water rushing over northbound lane
Hwy 59 in Corrigan, tree down across hwy
FM 2665 at W FM 1988 down to 1 lane.
Road into Sleepy Hollow Subdivision is closed due to high water
HWY 59 - tree over Hwy in front of Corrigan Post Office
FM 1988 at Walters Ln, closed
Hwy 59 N at Timberwood Nursing home - water over road (TXDot on scene)
FM 350 N before Hubert Ln - water over road
5: 30 pm
Ole Miss @ Turkey Creek will soon be impassable
E FM 1988 @ SH 146 - tree on road
190 E at Hornets Nest just past Dodd Rd - tree across road and water across road
Shenandoah Ln @ Bullrun - water almost over tires
190 E @ Menard Creek - water over road, passable
MLK @ drainage ditch approx. 1 ft water on road
FM 2457 @ Pinckard Rd - water over road
Liberty Ave (Livingston) - tree down
S FM 1988 at Hwy 59 northbound side - water on road, almost impassable
5:00 pm
Water on Garner St and SH 146 S
Water on Church St @ First National Bank
HWY 59 Bypass - passable at this time
Washington Ave - water across all lanes @ Choates Creek
Old Woodville Rd - tree across road

 

Mandatory Evacuation Updates:

Taylor Lake Notice Rescinding Mandatory Evacuation Order 5-8-2024.pdf

River Lake Estates Notice Rescinding Mandatory Evacuation Order 5-8-2024.pdf

River Lake Estates Notice Rescinding Mandatory Evacuation Order 5-9-2024.pdf

Siesta Country Section 3 and 5 Notice Rescinding Mandatory Evacuation Order 5-9-2024.pdf

Holiday Lake Estates Notice Rescinding Mandatory Evacuation Order 5-9-2024.pdf

Siesta Country Section 3 and 5 Notice Rescinding Mandatory Evacuation Order 5-10-24 Phase 3 Fully Rescinded.pdf

Polk County Rescinding Mandatory Evacuation and Phased Opening - Remaining Areas and Abstract Properties 5-11-2024.pdf

Notice Fully Rescinding Evacuation Order 5-14-2024.pdf

   

Please see attached:

Polk County Mandatory Evacuation - Heavy Rainfall and Flooding April 2024.pdf

Declaration of Disaster - April Flooding 2024.pdf

Polk County OEM PSA -flooding event.jpg

Polk County OEM PSA -flooding event 4-30-2024.pdf

Polk County OEM PSA - Flooding, Evacuation Order, Weather Update 5-1-2024

Polk County OEM PSA -flooding event 5-3-2024.pdf

Polk County Continuation of Declaration of Disaster.pdf

Polk County OEM PSA Flooding Mandatory Evacuation Weather Reporting Damage 5-4-2024.pdf

Polk County OEM PSA -Flooding Mandatory Evacuation Weather Reporting Damage 5-5-2024.pdf

May 8, 2024

5:00pm

TxDot has now opened FM 2610 to 1 lane traffic

FM 3278 remains closed

 

 

May 6, 2024

 

Flooding still exist in the Mandatory Evacuation areas. Heed the Evacuation Order and avoid these areas until the Evacuation Order is lifted.

 
Current Closures: 9:45am
FM 3278
FM 2969

FM 2610 at Six Lakes Estates

 

 

May 5, 2024
Update 3:00 pm
FM942 W from Hwy 59 - TX Dot advises not to drive this area
 
Update 11:00 am
FM 942 water on road in several areas
146 between 2665 and 943 tree in road
6:30 am Update
2610 @ Menard Creek Closed
1127 @ Mussel Shoals Water over road
146 & Jack Nettles - water over northbound lane
Bluewater (Holly Grove) @ Menard Creek bridge and road are passable
S Washington @ Choates Creek water over northbound Right lane closed
1276 @ 943 is open
3278 Closed
2969 Closed
MLK @ Bluebird is open
Taylor Lake Rd is barricaded between River Rd S & E Taylor Lake Circle
Bird Rd is washed out
Pichetto Trl is washed out in the 200 block
Forest Ln in Holiday Lake Estates is not passable
W FM 1988 coming out of Goodrich is passable according to Goodrich VFD
7:20 am
2610 @ Menard Creek Closed
1127 @ Mussel Shoals Water over road
146 & Jack Nettles - water over northbound lane
Bluewater (Holly Grove) @ Menard Creek bridge and road are passable
S Washington @ Choates Creek water over northbound Right lane closed
1276 @ 943 is open
3278
2969
MLK @ Bluebird is open
Taylor Lake Rd is barricaded between River Rd S & E Taylor Lake Circle
Bird Rd is washed out
Pichetto Trl is washed out in the 200 block
Forest Ln in Holiday Lake Estates is not passable
W FM 1988 coming out of Goodrich is passable according to Goodrich Holiday Lake Estates VFD
146 between 2665 and 943 tree in road
 
 
May 4, 2024

 

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Home owners and business owners -- take photos of all the damage before you start the clean-up process for insurance and damage documentation purposes. You may also want to document the clean-up process for the insurance adjuster and further verification of damages.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Polk County residents that are in need of shelter, please report to the Dunbar Gym facility, which is currently being manned by the Red Cross. If you are in need of assistance, please contact Polk County Sheriff's Office Dispatch at 936-327-6810 or your local Volunteer Fire Department.
Dunbar Gym location: 1103 Dunbar St.
Please continue to monitor this page for updates or changes in conditions. Be aware, that additional rainfall is predicted and flood water levels may increase.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
ROAD CONDITIONS
11:30 am UPDATE
Forest Ln in Holiday Lake Estates is not passable
Jack Nettles rd @ SH 146 S – water over northbound land
FM 943 @ FM 1276 is closed
MLK @
S Washington Ave @ Choates Creek is open

 

8:15 am Update
Taylor Lake Rd is barricaded between River Rd S & E Taylor Lake Circle
Bird Rd is washed out
Pichetto Trl is washed out in the 200 block

 

OPEN
W FM 1988 coming out of Goodrich is passable according to Goodrich VFD
FM 1988 from Bus. 59 to FM 3126 is open
FM 943 @ Menard Creek is open

 

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
May 3, 2024

 

SCHOOL CLOSURES AND DELAYS: All Polk County Schools will remain closed today.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Monitor https://drivetexas.org/ for TxDOT map of road closures.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
*** Attention Holiday Lake Estates residents *** ---The Trinity River and low-lying flooding continue to encroach on the subdivision. Responders are in the area to provide assistance in evacuation, which will be the final opportunity for them to assist. Circumstances have become dangerous for rescuers. Please heed the Mandatory Evacuation Order and evacuate at this time as conditions are expected to worsen.
Please understand your decision to stay is creating a potentially dangerous situation for first responders as well as yourself. First responders will not be able to provide assistance in the nighttime hours because the conditions are becoming too dangerous for them to respond.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Attention Taylor Lake Estates residents ---The Trinity River and low-lying flooding is encroaching on the subdivision access road. Responders are in the area to provide assistance in evacuation. Please heed the Mandatory Evacuation Order and take precautions as conditions are expected to worsen.
Please understand your decision to stay is creating a potentially dangerous situation for first responders as well as yourself. First responders may not be able to provide assistance in the nighttime hours or if conditions are too dangerous for them to respond.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
*** Polk County Road Updates *** 9:45 am
US 59 Southbound from Livingston --- open, some water on frontage roads.
FM 1988 --- closed from 59 to Kate Lowe.
FM 1988 --- closed at Tempe Creek.
FM 1988 --- closed at Long King Creek.
FM 3278 --- closed.
FM 2969 --- water over road, proceed with caution.
FM 943 @ 1276 --- closed.
FM 943 @ Menard --- water on road, proceed with caution.
190 E @ Menard Creek --- water on road, proceed with caution.
FM 2610 --- closed.
Be aware that increased rainfall in the East Texas area, along with other portions of the State, is expected to increase the flooding potential along the Trinity River and all of Polk County. Please continue to monitor the Polk County Emergency Management page/website and the Trinity River Authority page/website for updated information.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Animal owners --- both pet owners and livestock, please make sure all animals are able to move to higher ground and stay out of rising water. Flood water levels are predicted to continue rising, based on rainfall.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Update 09:30am ---
The weather service is predicting additional rainfall for the East Texas area and the Trinity River water levels are expected to rise. Please be aware of the changing conditions that will occur throughout the day, which will potentially increase the flooding levels. If you are currently isolated or have experienced any outages, please relocate to a safer area --- friends, family or a local shelter.
Texas Game Wardens, County entities, and volunteer fire-departments are more than willing to assist local residents in moving to a shelter. We do not have the personnel or the resources to deliver water, food, etc. to every stranded resident. Please relocate NOW.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
ROAD CONDITIONS UPDATE 7:18am
South Washington at Garner - Clear
South Houston at Garner - Clear
FM 350 South at Hwy 190 - Standing Water
MLK at Bluebird impassable
Hwy 190 E at Menard Creek - standing water
FM2610 at Menard Creek - closed
FM 1276 at FM 943 - closed
FM 1988 at FM 2969 - closed
South Washington at Choates Creek - standing water
Church Street / Hwy 190 closed at Pine Hills
FM 943 @ Menard - water on road
Hwy 59 is closed both directions in Shephard.
Kate Lowe is closed to through traffic.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

May 2, 2024

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Polk County.

SCHOOL CLOSURES AND DELAYS:

LISD -CLOSED

GOODRICH ISD -CLOSED

CORRIGAN -CLOSED

LEGGETT ISD -CLOSED

BIG SANDY ISD -CLOSED

ONALASKA ISD - CLOSED

Due to inclement weather and current flooding conditions, all Polk County schools will remain closed tomorrow (May 3, 2024). Please continue to monitor this page and/or the TRA website for updates.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Road Condition Update - 11:20 a.m.
May 2, 2024
Livingston Police Department reports:
State Hwy 146 is open proceed with caution
Washington Ave. Downtown is open
U.S. Hwy 59 northbound and southbound lanes south of Hwy 190 is closed.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
TXDOT reports 5/2/24 11:00 am
FM 3278 Bridge over Trinity River is Closing
TXDOT has communicated to Emergency Management that they will close FM 3278 over the Trinity River. The River bridge will be closed from FM 1988 to up around Browder's Marina.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
CRYSTAL LAKES SUBDIVISION ROAD FAILURE - 5/2/24 8:37 AM
Responders report that the Crystal Lakes W off US HWY 190 E has washed out at the culvert. Avoid this area.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Corrigan Area - Road Report
7:30 a.m.
Corrigan Police Department reports that at the 400 block of 287 E water at the bridge is rising fast and will soon be impassable.
Water is over the 1st bridge on Stryker Rd.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Road Conditions 5/2/2024 7:00 AM

The Sheriff's Office has reported water over the road at the following areas:

Hwy 190 @ Farm Bureau

Hwy 59 feeder @ MLK (Texas Farm Bureau)

Hwy 59 @ Choates Creek

Business 59 at Choates Creek

FM 2457 near Chris Brent (near Dalen's Storage)

Kelly Road @ Nettles

Mangum Rd off FM 350

FM 1988 @ Kate Lowe Road

Airline Drive

FM 350 North - 1-2' in several areas

One Such / None Such Roads

FM 1988 @ Tempe Creek

Darden Road @ Kelly Road

FM 1988 at Guadalupe

FM 3278 @ FM 1988

1st & 2nd Street (Pit Row Pit Stop) off Hwy 190 impassable

Hwy 190 at Jackson Ave. (Livingston PD/City Hall)

Hwy 190 E at Creekside Lane

FM 350 South, from Hwy 190 past Mangum Rd

FM 2457 & FM 3126

Hwy 146 & Providence Rd

FM 1988 @ Thomas Supply

FM1988 & Siesta Country

FM 1988 & FM3678

Hwy 146 at Choates Creek and Circle K/Valero

Nettles Cemetery is impassable, 3' of water

Providence Road

Drews Landing (Holiday Lake Estates)

River Road (Holiday Lake Estates)

FM 3126 North of FM 350 South

FM 2967 at Ellis Grimes Rd

Putnam's Landing (no ingress/egress)

Hwy 146 at Red Barn and at Vickery's

FM 350 N at Annie Watts Rd

Hwy 59 S 1/2 mile from Bus. 59 exit

Please report hazardous road conditions to the Sheriff’s Office at 936-327-6810.

TxDOT Reports: Monitor https://drivetexas.org/ for TxDOT map of road closures.

 

 

Road Conditions 5/2/2024 6:40 AM
The Sheriff's Office has reported water over the road at the following areas:
EDIT to add: Hwy 190 @ Farm Bureau
Hwy 59 feeder @ MLK (Texas Farm Bureau)
Hwy 59 @ Choates Creek
Business 59 at Choates Creek
FM 2457 near Chris Bend Rd
Kelly Road @ Nettles
Mangum Rd off FM 350
FM 1988 @ Kate Lowe Road
Airline Drive
FM 350 North - 1-2' in several areas
One Such / None Such Roads
FM 1988 @ Tempe Creek
Darden Road @ Kelly Road

 

Hwy 190 at Jackson Ave. (Livingston PD/City Hall)
Hwy 190 E at Creekside Lane
FM 350 South, by the school
FM 2457 & FM 3126
Hwy 146 & Providence Rd
FM 1988 @ Thomas Supply
FM1988 & Siesta Country
FM 1988 & FM3678
Hwy 146 at Choates Creek and Circle K/Valero
Nettles Cemetery is impassable, 3' of water
TxDOT Reports: Water over the road on Hwy 190 East @ Menard Creek, on FM350 South from Hwy 190 to Tempe Creek, and on FM 1988 at Tempe Creek and at Long King Creek
Please report hazardous road conditions to the Sheriff’s Office at 936-327-6810.
Monitor https://drivetexas.org/ for TxDOT map of road closures.


Road Conditions 5/2/2024 6:10 AM

The Sheriff's Office has reported water over the road at the following areas:

Hwy 190 @ Farm Bureau

Hwy 59 feeder @ MLK (Texas Farm Bureau)

Hwy 59 @ Choates Creek

Business 59 at Choates Creek

FM 2457 near Chris Bend Rd

Kelly Riad @ Nettles

Mangum Rd off FM 350

FM1988 @ Kate Lowe Road

Hwy 190 at Jackson Ave. (Livingston PD/City Hall)

Hwy 190 E at Creekside Lane

FM 350 South, by the school

FM 2457 & FM 3126

Hwy 146 & Providence Rd

FM 1988 @ Thomas Supply

FM1988 & Siesta Country

FM 1988 & FM3678

Hwy 146 at Choates Creek and Circle K/Valero

Nettles Cemetery is impassable, 3' of water

TxDOT Reports:
Water over the road on Hwy 190 East @ Menard Creek,
FM350 South from Hwy 190 to Tempe Creek,
FM 1988 at Tempe Creek and at Long King Creek.
 
Please report hazardous road conditions to the Sheriff’s Office at 936-327-6810.
Monitor https://drivetexas.org/ for TxDOT map of road closures.
 
May 1, 2024
The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Polk County.
 
iSTAT DAMAGE SURVEY  -  STORM DAMAGE
We know that some of our residents may need assistance with completing the iSTAT damage survey (i.e. not comfortable with a computer or do not have computer access), so we will have a team available at the Polk County Center of Hope located at 600 S. Washington Ave., in Livingston from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. today (April 30th) and tomorrow (May 1st) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. to assist.
REPORTING DAMAGE TO HOMES AND BUSINESSES - APRIL 30, 2024
If your home or business was damaged by the severe storms and flooding this week, fill out TDEM’s online damage survey.  
 
REPORT DAMAGE HERE: damage.tdem.texas.gov SELECT: April 26-Ongoing Severe Weather Event
Details provided through the iSTAT damage survey helps emergency management officials gain an understanding of the extent of damages that have occurred.  
The information provided from this process also helps identify immediate resource needs.  
Additionally, survey information aids officials in determining whether the state meets federal requirements for various forms of disaster assistance.  
Reporting damage through the iSTAT tool is a voluntary activity and is not a substitute for reporting damage to your insurance company.
 
ROAD CONDITIONS - APRIL 30, 2024 5 p.m.

 

Law Enforcement reports that all major roadways in Polk County are open at this time. Please exercise caution when traveling on smaller county roads and private subdivision roads.