GREGG COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The Sabine continues to swell from recent rain and more is expected-meaning those who live near its banks may have to deal with the familiar problem of flooding.
Gregg County Game Warden Todd Long is patrolling the river, keeping close tabs on those who may be at risk.
Up another foot since Friday, the fast-moving waters of the Sabine have Long on a mission to warn residents along its banks.
"We're checking on our landowners. A lot of people live out here recreation fishing, boating. Checking on livestock. You really want to take special precautions when the rivers like this, " Todd says.
The objective of this operation is ultimately water safety. Though many of these residents have lived along the banks for decades, they still need to know how dangerous fast moving water can be. For boaters, life-jackets are mandatory, but underwater hazards are now in play too.
"These new currents and underwater obstructions, are unforgiving. If you don't have to get out here in it, then stay home. Trees, trot lines, barbed wire, stuff that was there a minute ago and now gone," Long says.
And for residents, the danger of being trapped before you can get out.
"They don't want the waters going through their living room. Some of these homeowners, they're starting to get out now," says Long.
Residents need to keep an eye on the weather and stay updated on the flood stage of the Sabine in Wood, Upshur, and Gregg counties.