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San Jacinto County school districts close due to rainfall

Sunday brought extremely heavy rains to San Jacinto County measuring up to 11 inches. The downpour reeked havoc on the county and created unsafe conditions for school buses resulting in the closure of Coldspring- Oakhurst ISD, Shepherd ISD and Cleveland ISD.

As the morning progresses on and we are preparing the San Jacinto New-Times to go to press for the weekly edition, the rains continue to fall. Predictions are at 100 percent on Monday and 80 percent on Tuesday. Folks were encouraged to stay at home according to the television stations.

Precinct One Commissioner Ray McCoppin was out on the road at 3:30 a.m. checking roads and conditions reporting that lots of rain had fallen but roads were still passable. Around 6 a.m., a commuter reported that FM 2025 just south of FM 945 was holding water on the road, but still passable.

Photos taken this morning reflect the amount of rain that has fallen so far, with more expected. Judge John Lovett spoke with the San Jacinto News-Times in a phone conversation around 12:45 on Monday with the following update on road closures.

Lovett shared “that roads were closed throughout the county and each commissioner has reported. Roads include Highway 59 north of Shepherd at Big Creek and south at Sherwood, FM 3128 west of Rose Hill Road, FM 1725 at Shell Oil Road in the south end in Cleveland, earlier Coley Creek at FM223 was expected close earlier, and FM 2025 south of FM 945.”

A press release received from Judge Lovett advised of the following: Torrential rainstorms have caused flooding of roadways and homes over large parts of San Jacinto County. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Emergency warning for parts of the area due to the rainfall received last night and today (Monday). Stay out of flood waters. If you are at home, stay there. If flood waters enter your home, stay there. Don't risk crossing flooded roads or overflowing streams. Just six inches of water can sweep an adult off their feet and just two feet of water can move a car, even an SUV. Be Smart: Turn Around Don't Drown

Residents should continue to monitor local media and the National Weather Service for forecast information, school and government office closures, and other lifesaving information. Various watches and warnings have been issued. Residents are urged to report house flooding by calling 936-653-3395.