- Associated Press - Sunday, March 13, 2016

ORANGE, Texas (AP) - The Coast Guard has advised boaters to stay off a 25-mile stretch of the rain-swollen Sabine (suh-BEEN’) River in Southeast Texas amid flood and safety concerns.

A Coast Guard statement Sunday afternoon says all mariners should avoid the Sabine River between Orange and Bon Wier (bahn WEER’) until Friday. The Coast Guard warned of extreme flood currents linked to last week’s rainstorms.

Experts say water being released from Toledo Bend Reservoir has swollen the river and the Deweyville area could be flooded within days.

Newton County officials on Saturday declared a local disaster due to the flood threat in Deweyville. A mandatory evacuation order was issued Saturday for the town of about 1,000, with no reports of anyone hurt.

Emergency management officials Sunday didn’t immediately return messages.

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