Trinity River Flooding

LIBERTY March.29.2018 ⎯ The Trinity River is once again rising due to increases in the release rate at the Livingston Dam. The current release is 73,500 cubic feet per second (cfs) and the level at Lake Livingston is slowly stabilizing. The lake level is approximately 1.8 feet above normal pool level.

The release rate increase is the result of Trinity River Authority (TRA) officials working to manage water from heavy rain that fell over the last 24 hours.

We are optimistic that the rate will not increase over the current 73,500 cfs, however we will monitor and update as warranted.

The Trinity River is currently at 31.1 feet in Romayor, with an anticipated rise to 40 feet , Liberty is reporting in at 19.8 with an anticipated rise to 29.9 tomorrow and Moss Bluff is currently at 8.18, with a rise to 15.1 by Saturday.

These anticipated levels are similar to what we saw in the May 2015 flood event, and it should be noted the levels are well BELOW Hurricane Harvey levels by as much as two feet. Expected levels noted will cut off roads into nearly all riverfront subdivisions along the Trinity River. Residents living in the flood plain area around the Trinity River should make certain they have their supplies if they intend to remain in their residences or make plans to stay with friends or relatives outside the flood plain until the water levels recede.

There are no open shelters at this time, however, we are communicating with the Red Cross to address any sheltering needs. The river will remain above flood stage at least a week or until we see a decrease in the discharge rate at the dam.

Bottom line is that right now we anticipate levels similar to the May 2015 flood, well below Hurricane Harvey levels, and no additional rainfall is anticipated over the next few days.

Please feel free to give us a call at 936-334-3219 if you have questions or concerns.

Updates to follow later this afternoon or as warranted.

Tom Branch
Liberty County OEM


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