High Water Creates Hazards

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Constant heavy rain caused delays for many drivers trying to get to work and school in Grimes County. Students from the Anderson-Shiro School Consolidated Independent School District started school an hour late.

Superintendent Fred Brent said the decision to start late was made with safety in mind. He said the district was concerned that bus drivers would not be able to see high water that might be covering the roads to the schools due to darkness. Brent also said they were concerned about possible damage the flood waters may have caused on the roads.

Their concerns were valid. The Texas Department of Transportation had to close several roads around the Brazos Valley. Highway 30 was shut down to one lane. Gibbons Creek, located on either side of Highway 30, crested as excess water was released from the Gibbons Creek Reservoir to relieve pressure. TxDot crews were on hand to direct the flow of traffic and to keep a watchful eye on the water levels.

Those same flood waters consumed a huge section of FM 244, closing the road completely. Barricades were put at the entrances of the road to signal to drivers the road was impassible.

But some drivers still attempted to cross the roadway. Grimes County Sheriff, Don Sowell, says everybody has to obey the barricades. "They're there for a reason, to warn the citizens that it's a danger area."

One elderly motorist went around the barricade and attempted to cross the high water on FM 244. The 67 year old man had to be rescued by emergency crews.

Sowell says when people go around barricades they put themselves and rescue workers in grave danger. "Twenty plus people were out there counting the fire fighters and any and all of them could have been placed in harms way." The sheriff urges all drivers to use alternate routes when they encounter barricades.