Hooray! I-10 reopened in both directions at Louisiana-Texas line _lowres

Interstate 10 East (Louisiana side) near the Texas state line Tuesday. Photo from Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development

Update, 8 p.m., March, 18, 2016:

Interstate 10 is now open in both directions at the Louisiana-Texas state line, according to Louisiana State Police.

Update, 6:10 p.m., March, 18, 2016:

Louisiana State Police report that Interstate 10 westbound lanes at the Texas state line are now open. Eastbound remains closed at this location.

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BEAUMONT, TEXAS -- Highway officials say flooded Interstate 10 in Southeast Texas will stay closed through the weekend.

The Texas Department of Transportation on Thursday said I-10 near Beaumont remains closed in both directions. Drivers are advised to use alternate routes because I-10 is not expected to reopen until Monday afternoon.

Thousands of Southeast Texas residents have been displaced since heavy rain last week led to flooding, especially along the Sabine River.

Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday viewed some of the devastation. Abbott has declared more than two dozen counties disaster areas, clearing the way for affected residents to seek government help.

Hail the size of golf balls hit the Fort Worth area early Thursday, breaking some vehicle windshields. Electric provider Oncor says nearly 17,000 customers lost power.