LIBERTY, December 17, 2015 – The current release from the Livingston Dam remains at 74,800 cubic feet per second. Lake Livingston is slowly dropping,now at 132.91 or 1.91 feet above the normal pool level of 131.
The Trinity River is holding steady at Romayor, current reading is 37.46.
The Liberty Gauge continues a slow rise, currently at 29.29 ( flood stage 26 )and Moss Bluff is still rising at 14.43 (flood stage 12.2).
Residents are still having to deal with high water over the roadways in most river front subdivisions and this will continue until the Trinity River Authority begins to slow the discharge from the dam,which we hope will occur in the coming days.
Today's good news is that residents currently being affected by the Trinity River flood,can register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-3362 or by going on-line at www.disasterassistance.gov
Liberty County was designated a disaster area in late November as a result of flooding and residents initially affected by that particular flood event,(the one where we received 15 inches of rain), are continuing to register with FEMA, and now we have received word that residents currently affected by the floodwaters along the Trinity River can also register under the same disaster declaration, known as FEMA-4245-DR.
FEMA officials will take your registration information and give you further details concerning the next steps in determining your eligibility. Please register as indicated above as soon as you can.
Also, one last thing, we have thousands of people registered for our NIXLE warning system, which allows us to send up to date information via text messages and email regarding on-going or anticipated emergencies in the county.
If you register your phone, you can expect to receive text from our office when emergencies are underway and you will also receive text from other agencies in the county, such as the City of Liberty.
One question I have been ask is why we send "blanket" emails instead of sending them to a specific area of concern.
The reason we send to "all" is, for example, if you work in Houston but live along the river, sending a message to the area around the river would not be beneficial because you would not receive the message since you would be outside the targeted area.
We send to "all" most of the time so if you do not want to receive our messages, please feel free to simply reply STOP to the received message and you will be removed from the database.
Questions or concerns please feel free to contact Tom Branch at the Liberty County Office of Emergency Management at 936-334-3219.