Harvey slams Hardin County

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Tropical storm brings record rainfall

By Dannie Oliveaux

Tropical Storm Harvey brought a torrential downpour of record-breaking rain into Hardin County this week which resulted in flooding, road closures, voluntary evacuations and school closings.

A flash flood warning was issued for Hardin County Tuesday afternoon from the National Weather Service in Lake Charles. NWS reported between 8-15 inches of rain had fallen and rainbands continue to slowly move across Southeast Texas.

Excessive runoff from the heavy rainfall caused flooding of rivers, creeks, and bayous, along with roads and streets.

Late Tuesday, both lanes of U.S. Highway 96 was closed between Lumberton and Beaumont because of water covering the road, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

Flooding was reported on U.S. Highway 69 between Lumberton and Kountze. The heavy rains turned properties into mini lakes and rivers along the highway. Several homes along U.S. 69 were surrounded by water.


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