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Imelda leaves drivers stuck in Calcasieu Parish

Posted at 10:39 PM, Sep 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-20 01:25:50-04

VINTON — I-10 West remains closed near the Louisiana/Texas state line.

Drivers who are heading west came to a halt Thursday evening in Vinton after Imelda left some parts of the interstate underwater.

Now, some drivers are waiting out the storm.

"I was hoping to be in Phoenix by tomorrow afternoon, but that's not going to happen," said Tom Hirneisen.

Hirneisen is traveling across the country to visit his sister but never imagined he'd be spending hours at a truck stop.

"Most of the people thought it was for construction or something. We didn't realize how bad the flooding gets right here. I talked to this guy, and he told me how much flooding happens in this area. So, I figured I'd just sleep in my truck 'til we get through on I-10 again."

Hirneisen, who's traveling from Pennsylvania, says he's staying positive despite the holdup.

"You gotta remember the good stuff, not the bad," said Hirneisen. "I have a lot of stories to tell my friends."

If unlike Hirneisen, you don't want to wait it out, state police are urging drivers to be cautious.

"Just be aware when you're driving if there are road closures or if there's water going across the roadway, just don't drive through the water," said trooper Derek Senegal.

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