Historic Flooding Along Sabine River in Deweyville | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

News from around the state of Texas

Historic Flooding Along Sabine River in Deweyville

Evacuations underway in Newton County

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Residents along the Sabine River in southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana are bracing for historic flooding this week. (Published Monday, March 14, 2016)

    Residents along the Sabine River in southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana are bracing for historic flooding this week.

    Water released from Toledo Bend Reservoir has swollen the river and the Deweyville area could be flooded within days.

    A day after dozens of water rescues, mandatory evacuations are underway along the river in Newton County, Texas.

    The Newton County Volunteer Fire Department, with the help of Montgomery County Emergency Serviced District One and the Webster Fire Department went door-to-door to make sure everyone was evacuated.

    Ribbon marked the checked homes with no one inside.

    "We're just telling folks that this is going to be a record flood, I have to emphasize that, a record flood," said Newton County Judge Truman Dougharty.

    The National Weather Service said the river would crest Tuesday at 35 and a half feet, 7 feet above the terrible 2001 floor.

    Authorities say more than 400 homes have been flooded in Newton County and they fear all of Deweyville's homes will be inundated with flood water.

    On the other side of town, firefighters picked up medications for a resident.

    "I left medications in the house I need real bad, and I need to get back and get it out," said Larry Spears.

    Spears actually raised his house a foot and a half after the flood in 1989. "Apparently not high enough," Spears said.

    Spears' home is a mile away from the Sabine River and he says he never thought the waters would rise higher.