UPSHUR COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Officials are warning people about the dangers of driving onto flooded roads along the Sabine River.
In Upshur County, water continues to rush across River Road South. Over the weekend, crews had to rescue four people from a van after they became trapped in the high water.
Big Sandy Firefighter Keane Kaiser says they were able to safely assist the people out of the water, but reminds people that not all of these stories end so well.
“Fortunately, their vehicle had not left the roadway,” Kaiser said. “They had not been swept away, because the water on that side of River Road was not moving as quickly.”
Kaiser says even with the department’s high profile vehicle, crews were concerned for their own safety with the fast-moving water.
“There was some concern that we might lose our traction as we were traveling through the water,” Kaiser said. “Especially down on the corner where the water is moving fairly quickly as it passes from one pasture to another.”
In the end, crews were able to safely reach the van and escort the four people back to dry land. One person was taken to the hospital and has since been released.
“Just 12 inches of water can carry away passenger vehicles and as little as two feet of water can wash away large trucks and SUVs," Kaiser said.
Meanwhile, Officials in Gregg County are advising people who live near the Sabine River to seek higher ground. County officials told those living near the Sabine River and Highway 42 that water levels are dangerously high at this time.