Drivers react to confusion about Interstate 10 closures

*In a press release from Orange County Emergency Management, it was announced that Louisiana State Police has closed Interstate 10 westbound. The traffic flow and diversion will be handled by Louisiana State Police.

Eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 in Texas are open.

Texas officials will continue to monitor the water levels and motorists should be prepared to find alternate travel routes.In a press release from Orange County Emergency Management, it was announced that Louisiana State Police has closed Interstate 10 westbound. The traffic flow and diversion will be handled by Louisiana State Police.*

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David Clark is filling up his RV at a gas station in Orange. He's breathing a sigh of relief he wasn't re-routed while traveling westbound on I-10.

"Well, of course, it inconveniences people that have to take detours but as far as the businesses it could help if they had to stay at a motel," says Clark.

Rising water covering the parking lot at the travel information center near the Texas-Louisiana state line. It's why I-10 was closed and drivers re-routed but conditions changed allowing I-10 to re-open.

"I've been driving fifteen years and I've never seen anything like this high," says Allan Fowler.

Allan Fowler changed his route when I-10 was closed traveling through Port Arthur on his way to Louisiana.

"I'll go back down to 73 go back down to Port Arthur and then come back up because if it's like this now it's still kinda early in the day. Traffic gets more congested by five or six o'clock so you never know," says Fowler.

He doesn't want to risk finding himself in the middle of another road closure or deep water.

"Just try to avoid I-10 because not only is there the water but there's a lot of wildlife out here that you have to be careful for," says Fowler.


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