ORANGE COUNTY, Texas — Heavy rainfall caused flash flooding across Beaumont and parts of Orange Co. Thursday afternoon.
A stalled storm cell dumped rainfall at rates of 4" per hour across Southeast Texas. Radar estimates show more than 9" of rain has fallen along I-10 south of Mauriceville.
A band of showers and thunderstorms set up and stalled along the I-10 corridor and a boundary formed from Hardin Co. to Orange Co. The storms were stationary and did not begin to breakup until after 5 p.m.
A Flash Flood WARNING remains in effect for Jefferson & Orange Co. until 7:15 p.m. Thursday.
"A moist, south flow off the Gulf of Mexico is producing locally heavy rainfall along this boundary," Vaughn says. "High res modeling shows this moving north in the next two hours, however, uncertainty is high."
Digital storm total accumulation shows some areas of Orange Co. have seen upwards of 9-inches of rainfall. An area between Mauriceville and Bridge City along Hwy. 62 have had 6.60" of rain in a short amount of time.
Pictures from residents living in Orange show street flooding and water rising near some homes in Orangefield.
In Beaumont, police have blocked off the feeder road along Eastex Fwy. near Lucas Dr. Southbound traffic is moving very slowly, 12News reporter Tyler Seggerman reports.
The Orange Co. Office of Emergency Management has sand and bags available at the following locations:
- Precinct 1: Maintenance barn on North Hwy 87 at North Teal
- Precinct 2: 11897 State Hwy. 62 in Mauriceville
- Precinct 3: County Maintenance barn on 2502 West Roundbunch Rd.
- Precinct 4: County Maintenance barn on 375 Claiborne St.
The rain is not over for Southeast Texas. Vaughn says the latest modeling shows another 1-3 inches of additional rainfall across Southeast Texas through Sunday morning. Double that is possible if an event like Thursday sets up over the area this weekend, Vaughn says.
The heaviest activity will likely be late Saturday into Saturday night.
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