BEAUMONT, Texas — The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Jefferson, Newton, Hardin, Orange and Jasper counties until 8:30 p.m. Saturday September 21.
According to the National Weather Service, Saturday afternoon "emergency management and automated gauges indicate flooding continues across much of coastal southeast Texas."
Some areas that could experience more flooding include "Beaumont, Port Arthur, Orange, Nederland, Groves, Port Neches, Lumberton, Vidor, Bridge City, Silsbee, West Orange, Sour Lake, Nome, Deweyville, Evadale, Central Gardens, Sabine Pass, Hamshire, Mauriceville and Buna," according to NWS.
As of Saturday, we are still seeing moderate to major flooding in many areas around or near Beaumont. Pine Island Bayou near Sour Lake was at 35.5 feet. These values are well within the major flooding parameters. Many homes in Bevil Oaks reported anywhere from 3 to 4 feet of water still in them. The river levels are not expected to decrease by much anytime soon in this area. By Monday around noon, water levels are expected to still be around 30 feet. This area is not likely to go down into minor flood stage until late next week.
In Beaumont near the Neches River, there is still moderate flooding values of around 7 feet as of Saturday. Colliers Ferry Park is still expected to be under water, and flooding of secondary roads near the river can be expected. By mid-day Monday, river conditions are expected to crest near 8.7 feet as the wash out from the northern flooded areas moves through. If this occurs, river levels will be near those reached during Tropical Storm Allison in June 2001. Both of these areas are still under a Flood Warning at this time. Other areas also under this warning include Salt Water Barrier near the Neches river, which was at 7.6 feet as of Saturday and is expected to rise to around 9 feet by Monday.
Saturday: Partly sunny, 20% showers, high 87, winds southeast 4-12 mph
Sunday: Thunderstorms likely in the morning, 80% chance of rain, High 86, winds southeast 5-10mph
Monday: Partly cloudy, 10% chance of a stray shower, high 88, winds east becoming southeast 2-7 mph
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, low 75, high 89, winds east becoming southeast 3-10 mph
Wednesday: Partly cloudy, low 73, high 89, winds east becoming southeast 3-12 mph
Thursday: Mostly cloudy, 50% chance of showers/storms, low 74, high 86, winds southeast 3-12 mph
Friday: Partly sunny, 50% chance of showers/storms, low 76, high 86, winds southeast 3-12 mph
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The National Weather Service says the preliminary rainfall total of 43.15 inches in Jefferson County would make it the seventh wettest tropical cyclone in U.S. history and the fourth wettest in the state of Texas.