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September 6, 2017 - State Highway 7 was the scene of a two-vehicle crash Tuesday, September 5, 2017 involving an 18-wheeler and a pickup truck.

The Center Fire Department was dispatched to the scene of the incident, along with Texas Department of Public Safety State Troopers.

ACE EMS responded to the scene to treat one driver involved in the crash.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper Sean Smith, at 3:20pm a green 2006 Freightliner driven by Alex Thomas, 43, of Center hauling a log trailer traveling eastbound and was preparing to make a right hand turn into a private driveway.

Raul Resendiz, 38, of Center was also eastbound in a black 1991 Ford F-250 dually when he failed to control speed and struck the right front of the log trailer, causing major damage to the front left quarter of the truck. Both vehicles came to rest in the middle of the eastbound traffic lane.

Resendiz was transported from the scene by ACE EMS to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department for treatment of unknown injuries.

Resendiz was issued citations for fail to control speed, no driver's license, and no insurance. The crash remains under investigation.

The Center Fire Department provided traffic control at the scene until the roadway was clear.

September 4, 2017 - State Highway 7 just under a mile and a half from Joaquin just before CR 3189 was the scene of a major crash Friday, September 1, 2017.

Joaquin Volunteer firemen and Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy Kurtes Lawrence responded first to the incident scene. The firemen provided traffic control at the scene and righted a boat involved in the incident which had overturned and was gushing fuel from a ruptured tank.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety State Trooper John Hallenbeck, at 5:16pm a red 2016 Kia driven by Michael Thomas, 28, of Louisiana with a minor child of unknown age in a child safety seat, was eastbound on State Highway 7 East. Thomas was falling asleep when he left the roadway to the right and over corrected left causing the Kia to return to the roadway and into the westbound traffic lane.

A grey 2015 Ford F-150, hauling a Glastron boat, driven by Jack Davis, 65, of Louisiana with a 15-year-old male passenger was in the westbound traffic lane at that time as they Kia entered the westbound lane and struck the boat trailer. This caused the trailer to detach from the truck and the boat to eject from the trailer, traveling into the barrow ditch on the westbound side of the road upside down.

The trailer and the Kia came to rest in the middle of the westbound traffic lane, and Davis was able to pull the truck onto the westbound shoulder.

Davis' wife was traveling being the boat in a Lexus SUV hauling a popup camper and had an apparrent near-miss with the Kia and boat trailer.

Thomas was issued a citation for no driver's license.

September 3, 2017 - The 200 block of Jones Street in Center was the scene of a shooting incident Sunday, September 3, 2017.

Center Police officers and ACE EMS responded to the scene at 12:20pm, and the officers immediately took one subject into custody while EMS personnel treated the shooting victim.

The apparent victim of the incident was transported from the scene by ACE EMS to Nacogdoches Medical Center - Shelby Emergency Department. She was then flown by a Flight for Life helicopter to another hospital for treatment of her injuries.

According to the Center Police Department jail log Anitia D. Reed, 53, of San Augustine was arrested by Officer Andrew Williams at 12:28pm on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, resist arrest, and possession of a controlled substance.

Further information is unavailable at this time, and will be updated on Shelby County Today as it becomes available.

September 1, 2017 Lufkin – The Texas Transportation Commission on Thursday approved a speed limit change on SH 7 East in Nacogdoches, San Augustine and Shelby counties.

The approval came after a speed study and reevaluation on a portion of roadway located on SH 7 East. Commissioners approved the recommendation for the speed limit to be lowered from 75 mph to 65 mph. The change will become effective and enforceable once the new signs are set.

The section of SH 7 East that will be changed includes .3 miles east of SL 224 in Nacogdoches to Martinsville. The change also includes just east of Martinsville and continues on SH 7 through San Augustine County and will end at the Center city limits in Shelby County.

The commission also approved construction projects totaling $963.7 million statewide, and included a $1.5 million construction project located in Houston County and Trinity County.

The project is designed to upgrade metal guard rail and safety treat fixed objects on FM 227 and FM 357. Work limits on FM 227 include from SH 21 to SH 7 and on FM 357 from SH 7 to the Trinity County line in Houston County and from SH 94 to FM 2262 in Trinity County.

L.C. Jordan & Son will serve as contractor for the project. As work begins on this project, motorists are urged to obey all signage, reduce speed and stay alert to moving equipment and workers near the roadway.

August 31, 2017 - As of 5pm, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting less than 20 outages after Hurricane Harvey swept through the area.

Crews began the day with just over 3,300 outages. By 8am, power had been restored to half and less than 1,000 by noon. Crews will continue to work until all power is restored.  

We commend DETEC and contract crews for their diligent work and thank you all for your patience as they work to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible.  

If you are still experiencing an outage, please call 1-800-392-5986.


As of 2 PM, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting approximately 552 outages.

Panola County: 1 meter out
Nacogdoches County: 1
San Augustine County: 57
Sabine County: 268
Jasper County: 3
Newton County: 222


As of 11am, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting approximately 1,486 outages.

Panola County: 1 meter out
Shelby County: 46
Nacogdoches County: 2
San Augustine County: 130
Sabine County: 662
Jasper County: 1
Newton County: 591

Today, as flood waters recede, crews are diligently working to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible. With just over 3,300 outages at 8am this morning, crews have made considerable progress, restoring more than half by 11am.


As of 8:30am, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting approximately 3,301 outages.
 
Panola County: 1 meter out
Shelby County: 226
Nacogdoches County: 51
San Augustine County: 480
Sabine County: 774
Jasper County: 100
Newton County: 1,546

Overnight flash flood warnings and road closures greatly slowed work.  Today, as flood waters recede, crews are diligently working to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible.

DETEC would like to remind members to be safe - STAY AWAY FROM ALL DOWNED LINES.  Consider them all to be live and dangerous.

Call DETEC at 1-800-392-5986 to report downed lines.


August 30, 2017 - As of 7:30 PM, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting approximately 2,271 outages.

Outages by County:
Panola County: 1 meter out
Shelby County: 5
Nacogdoches County: 276
San Augustine County: 517
Sabine County: 459
Jasper County: 81
Newton County: 843


As of 4:45 PM, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting approximately 2,605 outages.

Outages by County:
Shelby County: 2 meters out
Nacogdoches County: 123
San Augustine County: 784
Sabine County: 1,211
Jasper County: 81
Newton County: 311


As of 2 PM, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting approximately 3,188 outages.

Outages by County:
Shelby County: 43 meters out
Nacogdoches County: 29
San Augustine County: 1,117
Sabine County: 1,688
Jasper County: 3
Newton County: 219


As of 12 PM, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting approximately 3,323 outages as Tropical Storm Harvey moves through the area.

Outages by County: 
Shelby County: 30 meters out
Nacogdoches County: 575
San Augustine County: 372
Sabine County: 1,896
Jasper County: 3
Newton County: 350


As of 10 AM, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting approximately 3,660 outages as Tropical Storm Harvey moves through the area.

Call DETEC at 1-800-392-5986 to report downed lines.

Outages by County:

Shelby County: 63 meters out
Nacogdoches County: 403
San Augustine County: 515
Sabine County: 1,345
Jasper County: 982
Newton County: 328

With the current rainfall levels and the projected rainfall in the future, please understand that restoration efforts may be slowed considerably to ensure the safety of our lineman and contractors.

  •  If you or someone in your household is dependent upon life support,  identify a location you can move to that has an alternate power source.
  •  Check backup generators for proper operations and remember to carefully follow generator safety precautions including NOT operating a generator indoors.
  •  Monitor local weather conditions.
  •  Follow warnings from local authorities. If you must travel, check drivetexas.org, for road closures and hazard information.

Please report outages, by calling: 1-800-392-5986

August 30, 2017 (Update 9:05pm) - Alert: FM 353 in San Augustine County, 6 miles east of SH 147 and 2 miles west of SH 87, is closed after a road base failure.


(Update 12:31pm) - Alert: Flooded roads reported in Shelby County: FM 3184 at Blue Creek and FM 139 at Bayou Siepe. #turnarounddontdrown


(Update 9:13am) - Alert: SH 21 at Maddux Creek Bridge at FM 330 and FM 3448 in Sabine County is flooded. Don't drive through flooded roadways. #TurnAroundDontDrown

(Update 8:43am) - Alert: SH 87 South at Sandy Creek near FM 3315 in Sabine County is flooded. Don't drive through flooded roadways. #TurnAroundDontDrown


(Update 8:09am) - Alert: US 87 South in Sabine County is flooded and impassable. Visit drivetexas.org for all closures. #TurnAroundDontDrown

Flash Flood Warning
National Weather Service Shreveport LA
7:51 PM CDT Wednesday, August 30, 2017

August 30, 2017 - The National Weather Service in Shreveport has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Shelby County in eastern Texas, San Augustine County in eastern Texas, and Sabine County in eastern Texas until 11:45 PM CDT.

At 7:51 PM CDT, local law enforcement reported moderate to heavy rain continues to fall across the warned area. Widespread rainfall amounts of three to in excess of ten inches has already fallen across the warned area, with the higher totals across San Augustine and Sabine Counties. Numerous roads are flooded and closed, with flash flooding expected to continue through the remainder of the evening.

Some locations that will experience flooding include Center, Milam, San Augustine, Logansport, Hemphill, Tenaha, Pineland, Joaquin, Browndell, Patroon, Bland Lake, Neuville, Rosevine, Macune, Shelbyville, Huxley, Broaddus, Jericho, Stockman and Bronson.

Additional rainfall amounts of a half inch to an inch, with isolated higher amounts, are possible in the warned area through 1145 PM.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

  • Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding.
  • Please report flooding to your local law enforcement agency when you can do so safely.

August 30, 2017 - The Shelby County Sheriff's Department and Center fire Department were dispatched to a tree down on State Highway 7 West Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 4:55pm.

When they arrived, a large tree was dangling over a guardrail and into the outside westbound traffic lane. Firemen and sheriff's deputies directed traffic at the scene to prevent a collision with the tree.

A TxDOT work crew was on scene to estimate what was needed to take down the tree and awaited more machinery which was en-route to work on the large tree.

Travelers should continue to prepare for delays through that area until the tree is clear of the roadway, and be aware of the possibility of trees falling due to tropical storm Harvey.

August 30, 2017 - Center ISD will have a late start tomorrow, Thursday, August 31, 2017. Classes will begin at 9:15am and all staff are to report at 9:00am. Buses will run 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours later tomorrow morning.

August 30, 2017 - Shelbyville ISD will early release today, August 30 at 1:00 pm as a precaution due to weather conditions. School will start at 9:00 am tomorrow, Thursday, August 31 and release at 1:00 pm.

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