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Homeowners Fear Sabine River Flooding

The recent rains have swelled the Sabine river out of its banks in East Texas and have some worried about it flooding their homes.

One area that is most vulnerable to flooding is south of Gladewater, where the Sabine runs near Carter Road. Already, water from the Sabine is creeping across roadways. And with more rain on the way, dozens of homeowners along the banks of the river are worried about a repeat of the massive floods from past years.

"You just have to be prepared to deal with it, you hope you don't have to but there always is that worry in the back of your mind that you're going to have to grab a suitcase and go," says waterfront homeowner Teresa Shumaker.

"We came from St. Louis and we were used to flooding but this is just like unreal on how far outside the banks it can be on a smaller river," says Frank Shumaker.

The Sabine River Authority says the river is running at 3 times its average flow right now,  just below 28 feet.

Bob Hallmark reporting/bhallmark@kltv.com

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