More where that came from: Plenty of rain en route for today
Southeast Texas remained under a flash flood warning, then a watch as rain continued to pelt the already soggy area Wednesday.
Rob Megnia with the National Weather Service in Lake Charles said the Port Arthur area had seen anywhere from 2 1/2 to 4 inches of rain Wednesday with another 4-6 inches possible by Thursday morning.
“We are hoping for the rainfall to taper off by mid-morning to early afternoon (Thursday),” Megnia said.
The meteorologist hadn’t heard reports of any major flooding and believes that is because the rain has occurred over an eight-hour period.
Jefferson County Drainage District No. 7 has been working steadily with the current rain event.
Supervisor Ronnie Hollier said they first manned the station around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, then the rain subsided and the crew was sent home. They came back around 6 a.m. Wednesday and had been pumping water ever since.
All essential pump stations were manned and there were crews throughout the district — Port Arthur, Groves, Nederland and Port Neches — checking the DD7 ditches for debris.
In addition, crews began pumping down Alligator Bayou Station a day or so before the rain to create more storage and will continue to do so a day or two after the rain has passed.
To get a better understanding of how the drainage system works, go to www.dd7.org or Jefferson County Drainage District No. 7 Facebook page to see an interactive map.
The Facebook page also has updates from DD7.