I-10 at Texas/Louisiana border open for now after river flooding closes highway for several hours

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ORANGE, TX –  The flags at the rest step on the Texas / Louisiana border are about the only things high and dry.

The Sabine River breached its banks, causing the closure of Interstate-10 at the border for a few hours this morning.

But the Texas Department of Transportation re-opened the highway just before noon with the understanding that it could close again at any time.

Bridges crossing the Sabine on state highways 12, 63, and US 190 are still closed.

TXDOT tells motorists to have alternate routes in case I-10 closes again.

Folks driving east from Houston should take US 59 north to I-20 east to Shreveport.

Driving from Beaumont is a bit trickier, taking US 96 north to US 69 north, then to US 59 north to I-20 to Shreveport.

Those in San Antonio can head north to I-20, and those in Dallas can just head east on I-20 with no problem so far.

The weather service expects the Sabine to crest at record stages later this week.

Better late than never for some residents along the river, but too late for many others who will spend their spring break picking up the pieces of their lives and homes.