Dire warning in East Texas: ‘Get out or die’

With the Neches River threatening to flood, officials in Tyler County agonized over just what to tell residents to get them to heed their advice to evacuate.

They settled on this unmistakable message: “GET OUT OR DIE.”

U.S. Army Corp of Engineers has advised the Tyler County office of Emergency Management that the flood gates were opened to 100 feet at 3:00 pm CSDST. River levels will rise to near 79 feet. With additional rainfall accumulations, a potential elevation could reach near 82 feet. All residents living in Mt. Neches, Barlow Lake Estates, Works Bluff on CR 4415, Sheffield Ferry and Bottom Loop-CR 4700 who have not already evacuated must do so immediately.