Hospital evacuated, homes and businesses flooded in Winnie

Riceland Hospital has been evacuated in Winnie, where "significant flooding" has been reported, according to Chambers County Emergency Management.

Chambers County remains under a flash flood warning until 11:15 a.m. Thursday

Emergency Management says water is in homes and businesses. The sheriff's office has deployed high water rescue vehicles and airboats.

The sheriff's office is performing rescues in the Winnie-Stowell area. Emergency Management says people are getting stranded in their cars trying to self-evacuate.  If you need help, dial 911. Emergency Management says residents who are experiencing phone issues and aren't able to get through can send an email to

The following roads are closed, and residents are warned not to try to drive on them:

  • All roads North & East of FM 1410 & FM 1941
  • I-10 Frontage Rd at Hwy 124
  • Hwy 65 between Anahuac & Winnie-Stowell is flooded & impassible
  • DPS is closing I-10 Eastbound from Hwy 61 (Anahuac) all the way to the Chambers-Jefferson County line.

Do not drive around barricades.

Chambers County and the Red Cross have opened a flood shelter at White's Park Community Center at 225 White’s Memorial Park Road.

Residents who evacuate can bring their pets to the shelter. Bring a kennel or carrier for your pet, and they have to be on a leash. Bring food for your pet as well.