Texas Judge Orders Mandatory Evacuation on Neches River

Texas Judge orders MANDATORY EVACUATION on the Neches River — Effective 2 PM on Wednesday

The Neches River is over capacity.

The Angelina Neches/Dam B WMA is located in Jasper and Tyler Counties in the fork of the Angelina River, Neches River and the B.A. Steinhagen Reservoir. The WMA covers 12,636 acres of which about 7,000 acres are a portion of the Reservoir.

The Neches River flows south through Texas to the Gulf of Mexico.

KJAS reported:

Jasper County Judge Mark Allen early Wednesday afternoon issued a mandatory evacuation for residents along the Neches River south of Dam B. The mandatory evacuation is effective at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Judge Allen said the Corps of Engineers has informed him that outflow from the dam was increased from 26,000 cubic feet per second on Tuesday to 43,000 on Wednesday morning, and then to 44,100 on Wednesday afternoon.

However, Allen said the Corps is telling him that inflow into Lake Steinhagen is approximately 60,000 cubic feet per second, and he said that it is very likely that the dam will soon have to go to full release status.

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