Evacuations ongoing as Sabine River level rises

DEWEYVILLE, Texas (AP) — Authorities in Southeast Texas say a mandatory evacuation order has been issued for the town of Deweyville as the Sabine River continues to swell.

Regional deputy emergency management coordinator Oren Bean said Saturday that officials are expecting a "major problem" in the small Newton County town that is on the Sabine River.

He says no injuries or deaths have been reported.

Bean says water being released from Toledo Bend Reservoir has swollen the river and that water will flood the Deweyville area by Tuesday.

About 250 people were being evacuated in the northern part of the county Saturday. The area received as much as 13 inches of rain in recent days.

Some school districts in the county cancelled classes Thursday and Friday.