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TxDOT crews gear up to clear storm debris

Austin crews packed up 14 different trucks and machines Thursday. A crew of 12 will be deployed across the coast over the weekend to clean up debris as fast as they can. (CBS Austin)

Thursday, Austin TxDOT crews headed to San Antonio. That's where they'll stage until the storm in the Gulf makes it to land.

"This is going to be a water event. Lots of rainfall -- not just for the Gulf Coast -- but this is going to move inland so wherever you're traveling… before you go you need to know what the weather conditions are like," says TxDOT spokesperson Brad Wheelis.

Austin crews packed up 14 different trucks and machines Thursday. A crew of 12 will be deployed across the coast over the weekend to clean up debris as fast as they can.

"If in fact we get high winds, branches down -- if there is some flooding you get items floating into the roadway. When that recedes you have a blockage," Wheelis says

TxDOT says they have even more people and gear on standby. Wherever there's a need is where they'll go.

"We want to make sure that we are prepared to move into the worst hit areas in Texas," Wheelis says.

TxDOT encourages drivers to be extremely cautious when traveling this weekend. They say if you come across debris in the road you should immediately report it. Here in Austin you can do that by calling Austin 311.

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