As the sun set on Orange County Thursday evening water levels had already begun to rise as Hurricane Ike pushes in.

Water levels on Sabine Lake in Bridge City is rising past it’s banks  and has breached Bailey’s Road. The same is true for Cow Bayou and the Sabine and Neches Rivers.

Ike is predicted to flood areas south of Hwy. 87. The Rainbow Bridge south bound will be closed Friday morning. The Veterans Memorial Bridge was closed to traffic Thursday.

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