Tropical Storm Beryl Impacts

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, Texas – Damaged homes and businesses, downed utility lines and toppled trees were among the damage delivered to Nacogdoches County residents as Tropical Storm Beryl pummeled the pineywoods with wind and rain Monday. Nacogdoches County Judge Greg Sowell signed a disaster declaration Monday afternoon after receiving reports of damages to buildings and property in the northern part of the county. The National Weather Service is surveying damage caused by the storm, and Nacogdoches Count officials are working to record the extent of the storm damage. The most severe damage occurred between U.S. 59 and U.S. 259 between the City of Appleby and the Mahl community. A business in the 14,000 block of U.S. 59 saw major damage to one building and another building
destroyed. Several homes around the area of county roads 125, 118, 116, and 111 suffered extensive damage. Additional damages were reported in other locations throughout the county. One resident received a minor injury around 12:40 p.m. in the 14,000 block of U.S. 59 N. when windows in the car they were in shattered, causing a laceration. The victim refused emergency medical treatment. The storm caused widespread power outages through the state and county, including county and city
offices. Non-emergency numbers for the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office and Nacogdoches Police Department were inoperable for a time, though the 911 emergency line remained in operation throughout the event. The non-emergency lines were restored after a short period of time. Toppled trees, powerlines and water obstructed traffic on 70 county roads during the course of the storm. By 10 a.m. Tuesday, all but 17 roads had been cleared and reopened, and County Road and
Bridge crews were busy clearing debris. There were scattered reports of grass and tree fires sparked by the storm as well. Residents whose homes or businesses suffered damage as a result of Tropical Storm Beryl should document it and submit a report to the Texas Division of Emergency Management at