• Mandatory evacuation for city of Orange from the Sabine River east to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks That includes Navy Park, Brownwood, downtown, Old Orange Historic District, Clairmont and Wrenway areas. Also mandatory for the Cove.
• City of West Orange has received 5,000 more sandbags available at police station on Austin Street.
• City of Pinehurst has mandatory evacuation for neighborhoods and businesses along Adams Bayou. That includes MacArthur Drive, 29th, 30th, 31st, 33rd streets, plus Camelot, Lancelot, Peacock, Somerset, Enchanted Oaks.
Orange Public Works Director Jim Wolf said Tuesday morning the water supply in the city is potable and will remain potable. The city may have to shut down some of the sewer lift stations in flooded areas, though sewer service should still be available to those areas. However, those flooded areas are under a mandatory evacuation and people should not be there.
The Little Cypress area on Tuesday morning was getting the worst of the flooding from the river and Little Cypress Bayou. By noon, some people in the Cypress Bayou subdivision who live on the bayou were standing in their backyards in waist-deep water.
Water was covering Elmira Road and beginning to cover Echo Road in spots about 10 a.m. Little Cypress Bayou at the Echo Road Bridge had spilled out its banks for almost a football-field length in each direction.
The Brownwood neighborhood south of Interstate 10 was flooding as was Navy Park. The city of Orange shut down Simmons Drive Monday night.
At noon, the river level in Orange was 6.25 feet. Four feet is flood stage and six feet is considered a major flood. The river had gone up about 4 inches since 6 in the morning and it is expected to crest at 7.5 feet on Wednesday.
The downtown area of Orange was basically dry at noon. Green Avenue had water up to Second Street but the overflow had not traveled westward. The riverwalk and pavilion were not flooded and the water had not reached the top of the boards.
The low corner of the county courthouse and Division and Market was beginning to have a backflow from the drainage. At the end of Division, the slough off Adams Bayou was backing up into the ditches at the Heritage Center apartments and the yard there had standing water.
Water was backing up into 16th Street and all lanes under the Interstate 10 overpass were flooded. Ditches along Northway Shopping Center were full.
Backup through drainage flooded the outside lane of 16th Street at Taco Bell, CVS and Putnam Plaza.