Trinity River Flooding
LIBERTY, May 23, 2015 - The current release from the Livingston Dam remains at 58,200 cubic feet per second. No change in the release rate is expected over the next few days.
The lake level at the dam is at 132.67 and continues to very slowly fall.
Downstream the Trinity River level at Romayor is near 34.8 and steady. Flood stage here is 40 feet.
The Trinity River level at Liberty remains near 29.1 and steady. Flood stage here is 26 feet.
The Moss Bluff gauge is at 14.23 and the anticipated crest has been lowered by the National Weather Service to 14.6.
We have received many calls regarding current and expected conditions and I would like to address a few of them :
1. There have been no levee breeches that will affect the public in Liberty County and all main highways remain open,with no main road closures anticipated.
2. There is no expected increase in the release from Lake Livingston over the next 24-48 hours.
3. We have not received any reports of homes being flooded at this point,however,many are surrounded by water and residents have indicated they intend to stay put
as many houses along the river are elevated on stilts. As expected, roads in many of these riverfront subdivisions are flooded as well.
4. There are no evacuation orders in effect at this time and none expected. Residents are free to stay or leave if they like,no restrictions on movement.
5. No shelters are open at this time.
6. If you do not live near the river, or plan to travel near the river, you will not be affected by the flood waters from the Trinity River.
With all that said, we continue to urge residents to monitor conditions within their neighborhoods along the Trinity River. Once again we ask residents that do not want to stay in their homes for any reason and plan to leave, to make moves during daylight hours, movement around flooded areas during nighttime hours is very dangerous.
This will be an extended high water event and it will be some time before flood waters recede,however,things appear to be stabilizing for the next day or so.
We are monitoring weather forecast that are indicating the possibility for excessive rainfall in our region on Sunday and Monday and we ask residents to keep abreast of local media reports concerning the weather this weekend.
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