Neches River residents boating home after recent flooding

Neches River residents boating home after recent flooding

POLLOK, TX (KTRE) - Life living along the Neches River, has recently become life under the Neches River.

When describing the riverbank, Neches River homeowner Carey McMullen said, “it's about two or three feet past the river bank right now.”

Major flooding on the Neches occurred near where highway 7 and 103 meet, in Pollok, TX.

“They're all at least three or four foot above the ground, usually,” said McMullen, in regard to the riverbank homes.

While riverbank homeowners, like McMullen prepare for water, recent flooding completely removes their option of driving home.

East Texans living along the Neches River are commuting to-and-from their homes, by way of flat-bottom boats.

“It limits your trips to town, to about once a day, to make things easy on you,” said McMullen.

McMullen pointed out a four foot fish vat that was almost completely swallowed by water.

The flooding was so high, it was hard to imagine where the roads and driveways could be, in to this unique neighborhood of homes.

When asked how far you the flooding goes, McMullen said, “you can go, until it ties into the Angelina.”

We weren't the only ones traveling the river this afternoon.

“I mean, you've got your recreational activities,” said McMullen.

This area, located at the east side of Davy Crockett National Forest attracts paddlers looking for adventure.

“I think they might have brought some fishing poles, but we're just out there to ride around and have fun,” said visitor Ryan Moore.

Despite the downsides of being under water, McMullen says he wouldn't have it any other way.

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