The Big Piney River at Dog's Bluff access in April 2011. The water was at the 16-foot mark above flood stage. (File photo)

Rain totals in the region are expected to reach upwards of five inches for this week, and the Texas County Sheriff’s Department warns county citizens to use caution when driving on rural roads.

“People should remember to be careful when approaching low-water crossings,” Lt. Melissa Dunn said. “It’s just not worth getting stuck and finding yourself in a dangerous situation.”

The National Weather Service Office of Climate, Water and Weather Services has a slogan for times when flooding rains turn creeks and dry washes into potential hazards: “Turn Around Don’t Drown.”

“That makes a lot of sense,” Dunn said. “And it’s a good idea for people to leave early and use an alternate route whenever possible.”

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