Neches River flooding termed moderate

Recent rains in Southeast Texas has resulted in out-ofthe-banks river flooding on two Orange County Rivers. The Neches River in northwest and west Orange County and the Sabine River in far northeast Orange County are both in Moderate Flood Stage and are approaching major flood stage on Tuesday. But forecasters said on Tuesday morning that both rivers are cresting and are predicted to crest six inches lower than predicted on the Neches River and a foot below predictions on the Sabine River.

“The Neches River is cresting a little bit lower than predicted,” said Orange County Emergency Management Coordinator Joel Ardoin on Tuesday morning. “Originally they were predicted at nine feet at the Saltwater Barrier and now they’ve dropped that back down to eight-and-a-half feet. On Monday we had an opportunity, thanks to a Beaumont Police Department drone to view the flooding real time along the Neches River in northwest Orange County. Of course, all of those homes in the low-lying areas near the river have water over the roads that make the roads impassable. They can’t get to those homes in vehicles but the homes are all up on piers and the water hasn’t risen to the floors of the houses. At this point, (on Tuesday morning) it looks pretty good on both ends of the County both east along the Sabine and west along the Neches, that we have not gotten any reports of homes taking on water.”


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