I-10 Reopens Near Beaumont After Flood Concern

TxDOT warns it could close on short notice, but I-10 is now open near the Louisiana border. If you are driving eastbound to Louisiana it is recommended to use I-20 as an alternate route.

This story has been updated from a previous version.

Interstate 10 in Southeast Texas has reopened after authorities were forced to briefly close it due to rising floodwaters.

Officials on Tuesday cautioned, however, that the stretch of I-10 near the Louisiana border may be closed again if the nearby Sabine River continues to rise.

However, long-haul truckers are still encouraged to use alternative routes.

“It is a judgment call on behalf of the company and the customer who’s anticipating a load,” said John Esparza with the Texas Trucking Association. "Certainly no one’s gonna push anyone to move through dangerous areas. They just know that these delays tend to happen.

What does the detour mean for drivers exactly?

“If you’re utilizing I-10 to get through to Louisiana and had to go through I-20 — that’s, that’s a significant detour," Esparza said. "So we’re talking additional burden not just on the driver, again adding to probably in some cases adding a day or two to delivery, at least to 24 hours.”

TxDOT says motorists should use I-20 while traveling in Louisiana. Travelers headed east from Texas from Houston can take U.S. 59 North to I-20 east to Shreveport.

Gov. Greg Abbott declared 17 counties disaster areas due to the impact of high water from last week’s storms.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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