- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 15, 2016

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) - Interstate 10 in Southeast Texas has shut down due to flooding of the nearby Sabine (suh-BEEN) River following last week’s heavy rains.

The Texas Department of Transportation on Tuesday announced the closure of I-10 near Beaumont and the Texas-Louisiana state line.

Traffic was being rerouted from one of the main east-west routes across Texas amid high-water concerns. Travelers as far away as El Paso, San Antonio and Houston were advised to avoid I-10.

Parts of Deweyville, a town of about 1,000 along the Sabine River, flooded last weekend following storms and water releases from the Toledo Bend Reservoir. A mandatory evacuation order was issued Saturday. Emergency officials planned an update Tuesday.

Gov. Greg Abbott declared 17 counties disaster areas due to the impact of high water from last week’s storms.



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