River Road still flooded a week later

River Road still flooded a week later
One of many flooded areas of Longview. (Source: KLTV News Staff)

GREGG COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - One week after significant rain, an East Texas river has started to recede from its flood stage, marginally.

Though some roadways are now passable, River Road south of White Oak remains closed due to high water. Five sections of River Road still have running water over them, and two of them very deep.

"We're still facing some high waters in certain areas, still some roads that are underwater; still danger there," says Gregg County Game Warden Todd Long.

 The Sandbar Marina has been flooded for a week, and employees haven't been able to work for that long.

The high water has already damaged the roadway, huge trees have come crashing down, and the midsection of River Road is still impassable. The Jordan brothers tried to remove a fallen tree from the roadway to help their family that lives nearby.

"It's an old rotten tree, that's part of the reason why it fell," says Jeremy Jordan.

And the Jordans know how dangerous it can be.

"There's been several times this has happened before and people, with trucks have gotten submerged or washed off the road. That's scary," says Cory Jordan.

"We've had a couple of incidents already where someone had to be rescued from the high water. It's impossible to determine how deep it is," Long says.

As usual, residents say the water never goes down as fast as it comes up.

"Let the water levels recede, let us get the roads re-opened. Don't chance it," says Long.

Barricades remain in place on River Road, and motorists will be ticketed if they are caught by-passing them.

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