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May 23, 2017

More flooding at Caddo Lake says Harrison County Sheriff’s Office


From Staff Reports, editor@pineywoods.news

HARRISON COUNTY – After a long night filled with inclement and hazardous weather conditions, emergency crews were out surveying damage during the day Saturday in Harrison County.

Lt. Jay Webb of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office told the PWN around 5:30 p.m. Saturday  that “Harrison County is experiencing flooding  at Caddo Lake once more.”

Webb said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) website “predicts the water level to rise over the next two days to  178 feet.” During the flooding in March, the lake reached  180 feet.

“Residents are urged to be aware of water levels that are rapidly rising,” Webb said, adding, “Do not drive into a flooded roadway because this water is moving quickly.”

Webb said that the National Weather Service team from Shreveport was out surveying the areas that were reported to have had a tornado touch down during Friday night/Saturday morning’s storms.

According to Webb, there were reported ‘rotations’ or ‘weather echoes’ which point toward tornado activity in the Elysian Fields area towards Waskom around 10:30 p.m. near the area of FM 31 and Woodley Road.

An office trailer – a small mobile home – was blown about 100 feet from where its original location during the storm. There was an occupant in the trailer. No reported injuries.

In the Karnack and Uncertain area of Harrison County, northwest of Waskom, another tornado was reported.  A plethora of roads were flooded, and debris was scattered all over the roads. Drainage areas of the roadways, Webb said, “are still saturated from the recent rains, and there may be some water flowing over roadways.”

The Texas Department of Transportation (Tx DOT) has been working hard to clear any trees that could have blown over onto state roads, and the Harrison County Road and Bridge Department has been out as well clearing county roads.

Panola-Harrison Electic Co-op reported somewhere between seven to nine power lines damaged in the Woodley Road. area alone.

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