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Here's an aerial view of the flooding in Jefferson County

"We ask that people stay off the roads and remain safe. If you have an emergency, please call 911."

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Texas — A line of cars and tractor-trailers stranded on flooded interstates, neighborhood streets underwater, floodwaters approaching homes -- that's what aerial photos above Jefferson County showed after Imelda dropped dozens of inches of rain over the area.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office posted the photos on their Facebook page Friday afternoon.

Rescue operations continued on Friday in the county, according to the sheriff's office.  

"Many of our areas are still greatly impacted," the post said. "We ask that people stay off the roads and remain safe. If you have an emergency, please call 911."

The U.S. Coast Guard posted video of some of its rescues.

The sheriff's office also posted an update on roads on the area around noon. At that time, they said:

  • IH10 is still closed due to flood waters, stalled vehicles and rescues.
  • Hwy 73 in Jefferson County between Hwy 69 and Winnie is closed and still holding water.
  • Hwy 366 at Hwy 347 is still impassable.
  • Hwy 69/Cardinal Drive is open but you can only go East on IH10. West is closed..
  • Hwy 365 is closed at multiple points and the flood gates are closed.
  • LaBelle Road by the bayou is shut down due to high water.
  • West Port Arthur Road at Hillebrandt has water over the roadway.
  • On Hillebrandt near dead mans curve - high water. Hillebrandt is not passable due to water at multiple locations.
  • Hwy 326 from Hwy 90, South of the bridge is shut down due to high water.
  • Hwy 124 at 365 is closed due to high water in the area and the rescue operations that are still going on. There are still some families that can't get out of their homes.
  • Hwy 105 is closed at Tram due to high water.
  • Hwy 90 still has water in multiple locations but is passable in spots. It may open later to thru traffic.

If you need to go to Houston, take Hwy 96/69/287 to Hwy 190 to Hwy 59 to Houston, according to the sheriff's office.

CHECK THE ROADS: View our traffic maps here

Tropical Storm Imelda dropped a near-record amount of rain in many areas of southeast Texas on Thursday. According to preliminary numbers from the National Weather Service, it was the fifth wettest tropical cyclone in U.S. history.

Three deaths have been blamed on the storm as of Friday afternoon, including a Jefferson County man who was electrocuted while moving his horse in floodwaters. Another man died in a flooded vehicle in Houston, and authorities discovered a Beaumont man in his car near I-10 and Walden Road.


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