With the recent rain we've been having...some areas in Laredo are known to flood. The Texas Department of Transportation tries to make traveling a little easier. James Johnson has more, James.
TX-dot covers 8 counties here in Laredo and when it rains road closures are sure to happen. To make travel easy, they provide information on their website to inform the public of road closures.
After last nights rainstorm you could expect to see all sorts of aftermath left behind. Besides damage to people homes, many roads take the brunt of it as well. There were road closures 20 miles out of town east of the loop on state hwy 359 between Laredo and Hebbronville. The southbound lane on post maker 35 and 36 were also closed. TX-dot monitor’s traffic all the time to make sure roads are safe to travel.
[cg:newsuper\raul leal\texas department of transportation] 12:19:10 "we have crews driving the roads to make sure they're passable and if not they call them in and we shut them down if we need to.
Many times when it rains, people come up to a road closure and believe they can make it through. Whether you're driving a truck or car it doesn’t matter. When water is on the road it's hard to tell just how deep the water is and can put you in serious danger.
[cg:newsuper\raul leal\texas department of transportation] 12:38:17 "if there’s barricades please don't go around. There have been accidents where people have tried to go through the road and before you know it your stuck in a current.
TX-dot provides a site that updates you on road closers as they happen. All you have to do is type in the city you live in and waa laa all the information you need to what's happening in your area pops up. The site even provides a legend that indicates the reason for the closure.
[cg:newsuper\raul leal\texas department of transportation] 18:06:08 "safety is our priority, we want them to arrive to their destination, please be careful, slow down, plan ahead and as they say turn around, don't drown.
TX-dot also recommends to wait for the rain to clear up to get a baring to what roads are available for travel and when you come across a road that you're familiar with and it's closed due to rain, it's best to take an alternate route. For KGNS, I'm James Johnson.