Trinity River Update

LIBERTY, June 5, 2015 - On Friday June 5th at 4:00 PM the current release from the Lake Livingston Dam REMAINS at 68,200 cubic feet per second. The lake is very slowly rising due to the arrival of water from the Trinity River Basin north of Lake Livingston. Officials with the Trinity River Authority are maintaining a close watch on the lake and will keep us advised of any changes that may occur.

The Trinity River is holding fairly steady at Romayor, now at 36.68 feet, while Liberty is also holding steady at approx. 29.73 ( 3.7 feet above flood stage) .

The gauge at Moss Bluff has been fluctuating as the result of technical difficulties but it is believed that Moss Bluff is holding steady or slightly rising to near 15 feet ( 2.8 feet above flood stage). We do not anticipate an increase in levels along the river this weekend,unless conditions change upstream of the dam. We will monitor and advise.

A total of 26 residents have reported damaged homes as a result of the flooding and it is still believed that several hundred homes remain inaccessible due to high water.

Liberty County HAS NOT been declared a federal disaster area as of this writing,however,residents are urged to call our office at 936-334-3219 to let us know if their homes have been damaged by floodwaters. Residents are also ask to pre-register with FEMA by calling 800-621-3362.

Red Cross continues to operate a shelter at 318 San Jacinto Street in Liberty and 15 residents sought shelter at this location Thursday night. We have not been updated regarding the shelter that was located in the Cleveland area. We will document that data in a future report. Please feel free to come to the shelter in Liberty if you are affected by the flood and need a safe place to stay.

Question of the day has been " When will FEMA be here ?" and the answer is, when the water goes down, the damage can be assessed, and the number of eligible homes impacted is sufficient to obtain a federal disaster declaration.

Mother nature remains in charge of this one and we hope that the river recedes soon so folks can get back home and we can work to help them recover. The flood water remains confined to the Trinity River flood basin ( those areas that you would expect to flood during high water events) and nothing outside the flood plain is affected.

Tom Branch
Office of Emergency Management &
Homeland Security
Liberty County, Texas

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