TxDOT says both the westbound and eastbound lanes of I-10 at the Texas-Louisiana border are now closed. I-20 should be used as an alternate route.
According to TxDOT, if you're heading east from Texas, these are the routes you should take.
- If you're coming from El Paso, take I-20 east of Van Horn
- If you're coming from San Antonio, take I-35 north to I-20 east to Shreveport
- From Houston, take US 59 north to I-20 east to Shreveport
- From Beaumont, take US 96 north to US 69 north to US 59 north to I-20 east to Shreveport
TxDOT also told abc13 that there is a closure at the I-10/US 96 split in Beaumont to help lessen traffic in the Orange area.
Today, Governor Greg Abbott is planning to tour the communities where swollen rivers have displaced thousands of people.
The concerns today are the floodwaters from the Sabine River will continue to rise. It's expected to crest this morning. Those living along the river have been told to leave. But some are refusing to evacuate.
Rising water in Orange, Texas, prompted emergency management officials to issue a mandatory evacuation for thousands of residents along the Sabine River. They told abc13 the amount of water flowing south from the Toldeo Bend Dam is the most in recorded history.
The order went into effect at 1pm for the area east of State Road 87. Our crews witnessed residents packing sandbags along their homes, packing up furniture, and making their way to higher ground.
Joe Delk told us he's been working nonstop around his home off 8th Street for the past three days. He said sandbags are his only hope to protect his property. He said the flooding is not like anything he experienced during tropical events.
"Nothing like it. Hurricane Ike came from the south," said Delk. "This is coming from the north. We had a surge of water in Ike t only got to a certain level but this is like never ending. It just keeps coming and coming. I don't know when it's going to stop."
The Red Cross has a shelter in Beaumont for residents who had to leave their homes.
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