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Sabine River expected to crest in Newton County Tuesday night

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NEWTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

Roads that are usually traveled on by vehicles are only accessible by boat lately in Deweyville.

 "I mean we've seen flooding you know, at different times, but we've never seen anything to this degree from one rainfall event that wasn't related to a hurricane or tropical system,” said Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Captain Shawn Phillips.

Newton County saw major flooding in 2015 after months of rainfall, but last week’s 18 inch downpour into the Sabine River over just five days has caused a natural disaster.

"This one hit all at once, and it was just of much rainfall in a certain one area over such a short period of time that it impacted and affected the river systems and there's just no way for it to go,” Phillips explained.

The water is continuing to rise. In fact, the Texas Department of Public Safey has closed off several major roads to the area. 

Although several residents have left Deweyville following a mandatory evacuation, some have stayed behind. Several local, state, and military officials are monitoring the area and have rescue teams on hand.

"If we need to go in and rescue people and get them out, or do welfare checks, we have our search and rescue teams out here ready to go,” Phillips said. “We’ll be here during the night, making sure there's not people looting and doing things like that. Hopefully we'll be here until this water starts to recede."

Officials said the river will crest Tuesday night. The river is projected to rise to 35 feet, a record high.

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