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July 18, 2014

Heavy rains flood Southeast Texas

Nearly seven inches of rain since Thursday afternoon left roads flooded and Southeast Texans scratching their heads, trying to decide whether to drive or not.

The National Weather Service in Lake Charles has issued a flash flood warning for Jefferson and Orange counties in Southeast Texas until 12:15 p.m. Friday. Shortly after 9 a.m. Doppler Radar indicated continued flash flooding from thunderstorms moving over the warned area.

Additional rainfall amounts are possible in the warned area.

The City of Port Arthur is experiencing severe weather and flooding in some areas of the city.

Port Arthur officials asked drivers to avoid the areas of Highway 365 and Memorial on the feeder roads, On Jimmy Johnson between Twin City and Ninth Avenue and in the 1900 block of Memorial until the rain subsides.

The transit system also will not be running until the rain subsides. If you must travel in this weather please do so with caution and avoid these areas, the city’s advisory said.

Jimmy Johnson Boulevard in Port Arthur was barricaded Friday morning because of the high water. Port Arthur also is experiencing low water pressure and is asking residents to report any major water leaks they may observe.

The National Weather Service reports that more than six inches fell since midnight Friday morning. Todd Mogged, observing program leader with the NWS, said the culprit was a warm front that then dropped southerly as a cold front. Those actions combined with an upper-level disturbance brought in the thunderous precipitation.

“Chances will lower a bit (earlier in the day) and then be more hit or miss this afternoon,” Mogged said. Flooding of low-lying streets and waterways was evident across Southeast Texas after a line of heavy thunderstorms rolled through the area beginning in the predawn hours.

Groves PD Dispatch: Two barricades are put up at 73 and Main and at 32nd and Main.

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