County judge issues disaster declaration

By Daniel Elizondo

Hardin County Judge Wayne McDaniel issued a declaration of disaster on Friday for Hardin County after torrential rains and thunderstorms pounded the area for much of the day.

County commissioners are set to pass the continuation of the disaster on Tuesday, extending for another 60 days.

Much of the area received as much as 7 inches on Thursday, falling on an already saturated county.

Some roadways that were closed slowly started to open up on Friday morning.

Village Creek is expected to crest to 20.10 feet on Saturday for the second time in less than a week.

Earlier in the week, the Texas Department of Transportation closed FM 418 near Silsbee at Village Creek as it overflowed onto the roadway.

Pine Island Bayou near Batson was at 63.54 feet on Friday afternoon. The highest it has crest near Batson was on Oct. 19, 2006 with a crest of 67.17 feet.

The rains on Thursday forced Silsbee ISD to shut the school down at noon. The district made the decision on Thursday afternoon to cancel classes on the final day of school Friday.

Silsbee High School graduation was moved to Silsbee HS auditorium on Friday, scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start.

Rain forecasts show an 80 percent coverage on Saturday, slowly dissipating into the evening and into Sunday.

A low pressure system that rolled into the area this week is slowly creeping towards the east.

Much of the rainy weather is blamed on La Niña weather system, which was forecasted by meteorologists to wreak havoc on the south for much of the summer and into the fall of 2016.

The declaration of disaster will help the county receive aid from the state.

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