LIBERTY, December 14, 2015 – The release from the Lake Livingston Dam remains at 71,500 cubic feet per second (cfs) and we are cautiously optimistic that this discharge rate will not need to be increased.
Currently the lake is sitting at 133.41, which is approximately 2.4 feet above the normal pool level of 131 feet.
The Trinity River below the dam continues to rise,currently at 36.12 feet in Romayor, 28.5 feet in Liberty and 13.97 feet in Moss Bluff.
It is anticipated that the river will rise to near 29.5 later this week in Liberty and near 15 feet in Moss Bluff on Friday.
Right now the thinking is that we will see flooding along the river that will be above the October flood level of 29.1 and below the summer flood event of 30 feet.
With this in mind, it is a given that water will be over the riverfront subdivision roads that normally flood in high water events. We do not anticipate water in living areas of homes along the river as most are elevated,however,residents should prepare for the water to be surrounding their homes for several days.
Livestock owners are reminded to monitor areas where animals are grazing and take steps to get the animals to high ground now if they are in an area of the river bottom that normally floods at the above mentioned levels.
The Liberty County Office of Emergency Management ( LCOEM) will continue to visit with emergency management officials at the Trinity River Authority and update residents as necessary.
Concerning the October flood,so far 302 residents in Liberty County have signed up for assistance from FEMA and just over $ 500,000.00 dollars has been awarded to those that qualified for assistance. Residents that have not registered for assistance for the October flood, should call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 or register on-line at www.disasterassistance.gov It should be noted that most of the folks affected during the October flood lived in areas away from the river that flooded during a 15 inch rainfall event on Halloween day.
The closing date for registration is January 25th, and remember, this is for the OCTOBER FLOOD, not the current high water event.
Questions,please feel free to contact LCOEM at 936-334-3219.
Office of Emergency Management &
Liberty County, Texas