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3/29/02 - Sabine River

"We'll Have More Water Than We Know What To Do With."

A journey to the banks of the Sabine is like driving through oatmeal.  Everything's drenched, and the river has already taken more of Jerry Hosek's land for itself.

"This water we have here is from about a week ago, it was dry all the way across there, and it's saturated as you can see, so five more inches there will probably get another three feet of water out of here, easy."

Three feet would mean many more square miles of land underwater.

"Everything we're standing in will probably be underwater," Hosek says.

If you've ever lived along a river, you know that a river is not just water, but power. With the heavy rains less than two weeks ago, The sabine river had enough power to push poles right over.

"Right now, this water's running about 7500 cubic feet per second." Game warden Chris Green says the Sabine Friday is nothing compared to what is likely next week. "It might create disaster for those who live close to a flood plain or near one, livestock that's out there, when you flood, driving conditions are hazardous."

If lake fork opens it's flood gates, as it will if rains are heavy, where fishermen sit today will be well underwater.

"All your equipment had better be out of there, or it will go right into the river bottom, " says Jerry, whose livestock and everything of value is out. Today was one more day to take a spin through the mud on 4-wheelers.

"We'll have more water than we know what to do with."

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