Watch live: ‘Flash flood emergency’ declared as Imelda saturates Southeast Texas –

BEAUMONT, Texas — Tropical Depression Imelda continued to drench Southeast Texas.  A Flash Flood Emergency is in effect until 9:30 a.m.

Just after 12:30 a.m., the emergency was declared by the National Weather Service for Beaumont, Port Arthur, Vidor, Rose City and Fannett.

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The weather service noted that “torrential flooding rainfall” would be occurring over the next few hours.

By Thursday at midnight a rain gauge at Pine Island Bayou had reported more than a foot of rain in the previous 24 hours.

At about the same time the weather service issued a flash flood warning for north Jefferson County and south Hardin County.

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The flooding is causing big problems on the roads.  Right now, I-10 is shut down between Beaumont and Winnie.

In Winnie the Chambers County Emergency Operations Center confirmed that at least six patients and staff were evacuated from Riceland Hospital via high-water rescue vehicles.

Please stay off the road and be safe.  Stay with KBMT for the very latest on our flash flooding emergency.

Most of Southeast Texas remains under a flash flood watch through Thursday evening.


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