Mandatory evacuations ordered in parts of Jefferson, Liberty, Tyler counties
The Jefferson County judge has ordered mandatory evacuations in Bevil Oaks.
There are also voluntary evacuations for residents north of Broussard Road.
County Judge Jeff Branick issued the order Monday afternoon, citing information received from the National Weather Service and the fact that some of the residents there are refusing to leave their homes.
There have been more than 50 water rescues in Jefferson County early Monday, according to Sheriff's Capt. Crystal Holmes. Ten of those rescues were overnight and there have been several in Bevil Oaks, a small low-lying area west of Beaumont with about 1,200 residents.
The evacuation order was effective at 11:51 a.m. for the Bevil Oaks and Northwest Forest subdivisions.
Liberty County Judge Jay Knight ordered a mandatory evacuation for low-lying areas in the unincorporated portions of the county already subject to flood.
Newton County is under a voluntary evacuation with unincorporated areas along the Sabine River expected to flood.
Deweyville and Orange County, positioned downstream from the Toledo Bend Reservoir on the Sabine River, experienced severe flooding in March 2016. All of Deweyville was forced to rebuild and parts of Orange County as well.
Jasper County is under a voluntary evacuation for flood-prone areas.
KFDM/Fox 4 anchor Tiffany Murphy just got off the phone with a representative with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and water is being released at Dam B on the Neches River
At 3:30 pm Monday, 19 feet of gate is open and is passing 15,000 cubic feet per second.
The Army Corp of Engineers tells us they anticipate having to open more gates as the evening progress due to more rain in the forecast.
However, they do not have a firm estimate or time of when or how much.
Tyler and Jasper County have notified those living down stream to be prepared for the potential of flooding. The Tyler County judge called for a mandatory evacuation for residence living in low lying flood prone areas.