Region 5 Neches Flood Planning Region
The Neches River originates in Van Zandt and Smith counties near Lake Palestine. From there, the Neches and its many tributaries continue south into the Piney woods of East Texas. There are 12 major reservoirs in this region. In the middle reaches of this basin, the Angelina River enters Sam Rayburn Reservoir, which feeds the lower Neches as it crosses through the Angelina National Forest and the Big Thicket National Preserve. After skirting northeast around Beaumont, the Neches merges with the Sabine River at Port Arthur on Sabine Lake and enters the Gulf of Mexico through Texas Point National Wildlife Refuge.
For a detailed map of Region 5, please visit the Texas Natural Resources Information System (TNRIS) Flood Planning Regions Map Collection.
Population Estimate (2019): 918,370
Approximate Area: 11,452 square miles
Approximate Stream Miles: 9,673
Approximate NFIP Claims (1975-2019): $1,908,581,588
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Major Cities (Population greater than 25,000):
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Major Lakes & Reservoirs:
Ecoregions of Texas Represented:
Regional Flood Planning Group Meeting Minutes & Updates
Please see the RFPG Meeting Schedule webpage for information on the past and upcoming meetings.