CHEROKEE COUNTY – Recent rainfall in parts of Cherokee County has not yet made an impact on a Sept. 9 local burn ban, although the National Weather Service office in Shreveport issued a flash flood watch earlier today, effective through Friday afternoon.
“The burn ban is still underway, but we'll talk more about it at court on Tuesday morning,” Cherokee County Judge Chris Davis said of a 9 a.m. meeting of the County Commissioners' Court in Rusk.
County leaders can rescind the ban if conditions are favorable, based on data obtained from the Texas A&M Forest Service.
However, Davis pointed out, “our county is long and narrow – one end can get rain while the other doesn't.”
According to NWS – Shreveport, the flash flood watch includes Cherokee County, along with 16 other counties, including northwestern Louisiana, spurred by the remnants of a tropical depression.
“Showers and thunderstorms associated with remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda continue to move in from the south through tonight. Efficient rainfall rates and training of storms may result in two to four inches of rainfall through the
overnight, particularly across Deep East Texas, where flash flooding will be a rapidly growing concern,” the site noted.
NWS predicted the “showers and thunderstorms will continue across the region Friday through early Saturday morning, as the remnants of Imelda continue to slowly move through East Texas.
“Locally, heavy rainfall and associated flash flooding will be possible with this system, especially through Friday afternoon, and the Flash Flood Watch will remain in effect through that time. Within the watch area the storm total rainfall amounts through Friday are expected to range from 3 to 7 inches,with locally higher amounts possible. Otherwise, no hazardous weather expected through the remainder of the period,” the site noted.