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I-10 Remains Closed At Louisiana State Line Because Of Flooding

People headed to Louisiana face some long detours, as I-10 remains closed at the state line because of high water. TxDOT says it’s giving drivers ample warning across the state.

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Sarah Dupre with TxDOT's Beaumont District says they decided to close I-10 when the water started coming into the lanes of traffic.

And that leaves drivers with few options. There are state roads that cross into Louisiana, but some of those are also flooded. So Dupre says they're detouring drivers to I-20, about 200 miles north of Houston.

TxDOT has put up advisory signs along I-10 as far west as El Paso.

"That seems to have been working very well,” says Dupre. “Getting all that traffic at an early stage in Texas, getting all that diverted."

There are also concerns about the travel information center at Orange, a popular spot for visitors crossing into Texas. Dupre says they can't even get to it because of the high water.

"Once that water has receded completely and it's safe to enter the building, we'll be able to evaluate and see if there's any damages to the actual building itself," adds Dupre.

TxDOT says it will do safety inspections before it reopens the roadway once the water goes down.

Flooding and high water had an impact on a wide swath of counties in Texas and Louisiana. This led Texas Governor Greg Abbott to declare a State of Disaster in affected counties. See his proclamation below:

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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