Everyone's eyes have been watching Tropical Storm 95-L in the Gulf of Mexico as it makes it way towards the Texas coast.

Many have prepared for the rising water and potential flash floods by gathering sandbags, water, food and other essential items.

Some residents like Lisa Garza and Mary Salinas aren't taking chances with their homes and visited the Alice Recycling Center Thursday morning to collect sandbags to help prevent flooding in their homes.

Salinas said her home is low to the ground and the sandbags would come in handy.

On Thursday, at 4:30 p.m., Jim Wells County Emergency Management officials and Alice Independent School District officials joined in a conference call with Warning Coordination Meteorologist John Metz from the National Weather Service.

According to JWC Emergency Management Coordinator Lynn Kirchoff, the storm on Thursday was a disturbance and will bring a lot of rain as it enters Texas.

The heavy rain is expected to begin at 3 a.m. Friday.

Once the morning dawns, officials will have a better view of the weather, Metz said.

Three to five inches of rain is expected in the area, depending on the location. However, due to recent rain activity, the ground is saturated. More rain gives a potential for flash floods.

The heavier rain will be mid-day Friday.

“The storm is running out of time to become a depression,” Metz said.

Everyone is asked to use caution when driving especially if there is water on the roadway.

On Wednesday, three individuals, Jesse Guerra, Julian Soto Jr. and Amy Peznia, had to be rescued from Lake Findley by Alice firefighters due to water crossing the roadway.

Guerra and Soto were at Lake Findley to try out some new fishing poles. With recent rain, Guerra checked the roadway, but at that time the low line area of the road was dry. He saw that there was only water in the drainage area, but not enough to concern him.

It wasn't until Peznia, who was at the lake for a run, notified the two men that the water had flown into the dip in the road making it impossible to cross.

According to Interim Fire Chief Patrick Thomas, the creek bed is usually dry and most people don't even realize it's a creek on normal days, but with the recent rain, the creek filled with water and is now flowing.

Firefighters used water rescue technicians in rescue vehicles to evacuate the residents. With all the recent rain and rising water, it's important that residents remember to turn around, don't drown.

The next conference call with the National Weather Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday morning.