Highway officials say flooded Interstate 10 in Southeast Texas will stay closed through the weekend. Transportation officials closed the eastbound lanes early on March 15 as rising waters from excessive rains flooded the roadway. Westbound lanes were closed on March 16.
The Texas Department of Transportation on March 17 said I-10 near Beaumont remains closed in both directions and will not likely reopen until Monday afternoon. Drivers are advised to use alternate routes.
Thousands of Southeast Texas residents have been displaced since heavy rain last week led to flooding, especially along the Sabine River.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott toured the area on Thursday and added the following counties to the state’s disaster declaration: Henderson, Shelby, Smith and Walker.
Hail the size of golf balls hit the Fort Worth area early Thursday, breaking some vehicle windshields. Several Arlington Police Department patrol cars had windows busted.