DPS urges motorists to avoid traveling into Jefferson and Orange Counties

Published 1:13 pm Thursday, September 19, 2019

PRESS RELEASE — The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) urges motorists to avoid traveling into Jefferson and Orange Counties due to flooding along Interstate 10 and several other US and
FM roads within the two counties. Many of the feeder roads and city streets have been inundated with flood waters causing the closure of exit and entrance ramps.
DPS is working with the Louisiana State Police (LSP) to stop the westward flow of traffic into Texas with a detour on Interstate 10 at mile marker 12. Once detoured by Louisiana State Police, motorists should not try to enter Texas via SH 87 or SH 12, because those roads are also experiencing flooding.
Residents in Hardin, Jefferson and Orange Counties should follow evacuation directions issued by local emergency management officials. Those citizens who are not in a life-threatening situation and are not required to evacuate need to continue to shelter in place.