Troopers routing traffic to go wrong way on I-10 to ease congestion in Winnie

By Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli - Digital News Editor
KPRC

People in eastern counties into Beaumont are dealing with extreme flooding and heavy rain at remnants of Imelda continue to pelt the area.

WINNIE, Texas - People in Chambers County are dealing with extreme flooding and heavy rain as remnants of Imelda continue to pelt the area. 

The area is under a flash flood watch until Thursday evening. It has already received multiple inches of rain with more on the way.

Unsafe roads:

Chambers County Emergency Management officials said there are multiple areas near Winnie, Texas that are unsafe and people are being warned to stay away. 

"As of this time, the following Winnie areas are closed and UNSAFE to attempt to travel:

  • All roads North & East of FM 1410 & FM 1941.
  • I-10 Frontage Rd at Hwy 124. 
  • Hwy 65 between Anahuac & Winnie-Stowell is flooded & impassible.

These roads are UNSAFE...do not attempt to drive on these roads," officials said.

Traffic on I-10 is at a standstill and troopers are working to clear out some of the congestion. 
Eastbound traffic on I-10 is being backed up and troopers are having drivers turn around and drive the wrong way on the right side of the lanes.

In Winnie, traffic is able to go east. Those drivers are being told to go up the wrong way of a highway exit ramp and after driving for a quarter-mile, they are being directed off the highway onto a feeder road

KPRC 2 reporter Vincent Crivelli took the route and said that after driving on the feeder for about a mile, he and they photographer were directed back onto I-10 where they drove the wrong way back toward Houston.

Troopers are having to reroute traffic to go the wrong way in order to ease congestion in Winnie.

Major flooding

Authorities said Winnie is dealing with structure flooding. Several homes and businesses have begun taking on water.

Video showed one woman who had to be rescued from her home and Riceland Hospital has been evacuated to a nearby facility that is still dry, officials said.

A news producer at KBMT Channel 12 shared a tweet that said they were ending the wall-to-wall coverage because they were having to evacuate their building. 

He shared photos showing water entering the office and surrounding desks and the studio.

 

The Texas Department of Transportation in Beaumont said I-10 is inaccessible from FQ 365 in Jefferson County to SH73 in Chambers County.

Where to go

Chambers County and the Red Cross have opened a shelter at White's Park Community Center located at 225 White Park Road.

Evacuees with pets must have food for their pets, a kennel or carrier and pets have to be on a leash.

Officials are warning people to not drive around barricades.

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