Forest Service recreation areas closed in preparation for flooding from Tropical Storm Cindy
The U.S. Forest Service is temporarily closing all recreation areas in the Angelina and Sabine National Forests as a safety precaution due to expected severe flooding from Tropical Storm Cindy.
All recreation areas and trails will be closed for the duration of the storm.
"Weather forecasters are predicting severe flooding and possible rainfall up to 10 to15 inches in some areas," said Forest Supervisor Eddie Taylor.
"We encourage everyone to exercise extreme caution over the coming days; even without hurricane-force winds, high levels of soil saturation can increase the likelihood of trees falling," he said.
During a flood, rapidly rising water can reach dangerous levels. Rising flood waters carry a velocity strong enough to roll vehicles, tear out trees, destroy bridges and undermine roads. A low-lying area can become a death trap in a matter of minutes.
Forest visitors may contact the Angelina Ranger Office at 936-897-1068 or the Sabine Ranger Office at 409-625-1940 or visit the website at www.fs.usda.gov/texas for information on when recreation areas will re-open.