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Residents near flooded Sabine River: 'Try to prepare, that's all you can do'

Sabine River floods Sandbar Marina (Source: KLTV staff) Sabine River floods Sandbar Marina (Source: KLTV staff)
Some areas are covered in nearly one foot of water (Source: KLTV staff) Some areas are covered in nearly one foot of water (Source: KLTV staff)
Sabine River (Source: KLTV staff) Sabine River (Source: KLTV staff)
LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - It hasn't rained since Sunday, but problems with water are coming to a head in some East Texas communities.
 
The Sabine River has started to spill out of its banks in some areas. Along River Road, south of White Oak, the Sabine is starting to spill over the roadway.
 
"I've been coming up and down this river since I was a little boy. You got people who are going to pack up and leave, and you got people who are
going to ride it out. This is their home," says Sabine River resident Buck Buchanan.
 
The water is creeping into yards and driveways, homes are getting surrounded, and the Sandbar Marina has been closed down.
 
"The water's not in the building, but since the roads are closed we can't get any traffic through," says river worker Rebecca Durbin.
 
Several areas have been closed with barricades, as some residents have decided to leave until the floodwaters recede. About halfway down River Road there's over a foot of water over the road, the barricades are up and this section is closed, and the water is still rising.
 
Residents say they've seen the river rise around 10 inches a day over the last four days.
 
"When the waters that high, you got to be real careful on the river," Buchanan says. "It is dangerous. If they're houses are not on stilts , they're going to get washed off."

The Sabine is expected to reach peak flooding within the next two days from Gladewater to Longview.
 
"Try to prepare that's all you can do. We're going to ride it out," Durbin says.
 
Residents have been warned by authorities that they will be ticketed if they attempt to cross road barriers at water covered roadways.
 
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