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Shelby Co. orders disaster declaration, issues evacuation by Toledo Bend

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SHELBY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

Streets that look like flowing rivers are not an uncommon sight in Joaquin as of late.

Shelby County, like several others in Deep East Texas, is under water.

"It's one of those things where the faucet has been turned on and we're just hoping it will be turned off pretty soon,” said Shelby County Judge Allison Harbison. “The biggest problem right now is the crest of the Sabine River at the Highway 84 Bridge between Joaquin and Logansport."

The water level has never really gone down after last June's severe flooding. The added intensity of this week's heavy rainfall could create major problems for those living by Toledo Bend.

"The bottleneck going into the top part of Toledo Bend is just a little bitty small bottleneck,” Harbison explained. “It's not large enough for all of the water to go in, so it's going to be going out."

In fact, the Shreveport National Weather Service projected the crest will be at its highest level since the 1940s. Concerned about major flooding to Joaquin homes, Harbison ordered a disaster declaration as well as a mandatory evacuation.

"I’m so afraid someone’s not going to take this seriously and say ‘oh you know I rode that one out last year, I'll just ride this one out,’” Harbison said. “No possession is worth your life."

Even though a mandatory evacuation will not force everyone to leave their homes, several Shelby County law enforcement agents, game wardens, and volunteer fire departments, along with several Louisiana emergency officials,  will be in Joaquin, ready to assist should things get dangerous.

"Be smart, stay safe, and if you need help, be sure and call,” Harbison urged.

Shelby County is currently trying to talk with the Red Cross to get a shelter set up. Green Acres Nursing Home in Center said they will take in displaced elderly that need medical attention.

Shelby County officials ask residents that need immediate help to call 911, the sheriff’s office, or their nearby fire department for assistance.

 

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