By 8a.m., Rusk County Sheriff, Jeff Price had announced that all Rusk County roads were closed.
According to resident, John Ray Finley, Henderson fire department was at West Vale Apartments early this morning for a rescue.
“Two fire trucks came down and one van and they stopped right along there. They stayed a pretty good while and were knocking on doors right over there.”
Rusk County Emergency Management, David Chenault, says several fire departments have had swift-water rescues this morning.
“We’ve had five swift water high water rescues this morning involving fire departments from Kilgore, New London, Henderson, Henderson Rescue squad. They’ve all been out.”
Others in Rusk County, like Amanda Jones, have taken shelter at the Henderson Civic Center.
“It was just horrible. The water line, the apartments at the back of the complex were beginning to flood. the dumpster, you know the big dumpsters, was already half way up on water and was headed toward our apartments. It was just panic after that.”
Jones is asking everyone to put themselves first and not go out.
“Worry about yourself and your children. Don’t worry about the things in your house. They’re replaceable. your lives aren’t.”
Chenault says emergency officials are requesting everyone remain at home and off the roads.
“If the water is over the roadway, don’t assume that the road is still there and try to go through it, just turn around. Try to limit your activity as much as possible.”