This five-plus-day heavy rain event, which featured up to two feet of record March rain in the South, is almost finally over. However, major river flooding will continue for the next several days, rising to historic levels in some areas.
Record flooding is already occurring along a stretch of the Sabine River, and will move downstream the next several days along the Texas/Louisiana border, due to previous record releases from Toledo Bend Reservoir, first put in service in 1966.
The river already crushed a previous record crest near Burkeville, Texas by over 5 feet, and that crest is headed downstream for the town of Deweyville, Texas, where it may top the previous unofficial record crest from 1884 by almost two feet, flooding numerous homes and leaving the town isolated.
“No residents of the town have ever seen a flood in Deweyville like what’s coming in the next few days.” – Jonathan Erdman, weather.com senior meteorologist
Aerial view of the Toledo Bend Dam near Burkeville, Texas, on Mar. 10, 2016. At the time, a record release of 207,644 cubic feet per second, or about 1.5 million gallons per second, was occurring.