Liberty County OEM update on Trinity River Flooding

LIBERTY, June 8, 2015 - On June 8th at 11:00 AM currently the release from the Lake Livingston Dam REMAINS at 68,200 cubic feet per second. Based on current projections using gauges located along the Trinity River Basin north of Lake Livingston, it would appear that the current release will be maintained for at least the remainder of this week,unless something unanticipated occurs that would either increase or decrease the current flow.

Trinity River holding steady, latest readings :

Romayor 36.79

Liberty 29.6 ( 3.6 feet above flood stage)

Moss Bluff 14.3 ( 2.1 foot above flood stage)

Basically what residents living in the flood plain along the Trinity River are experiencing now, is anticipated to last at least another week.

We have not been declared a federal disaster area at this time. We continue to remind residents with water inside their homes to call our office at 936-334-3219 and we will add you to the list. You can also contact FEMA at 800-621-3362 and pre-register .

We have 30 people that have contacted our office and very few of those folks are reporting major damage ( over 18 inches of water in their home),however,we anticipate that number may increase when the water goes down and evacuated residents return to their homes.
The Red Cross continues to operate a shelter at 318 San Jacinto Street in Liberty and 19 residents stayed at this location last night.

Sam Houston Electric reports a total of 65 homes without power, 38 of them in Dayton Lakes, 24 in Mason Lakes, and 1 each in Knights Forest,Horseshoe Lakes and Trinity River Plaza.

Conditions remain too dangerous for damage assessment teams to go into the affected areas and once the water recedes to a safe level,these teams will complete their damage assessments and report their findings to local, state, and FEMA officials.

Residents wishing to leave their homes in the flooded subdivisions and stay at the shelter can contact the Liberty County Sheriffs Department at 936-336-4500 ext. 0 if they need assistance evacuating.

Call 911 in case of an emergency and remember to make moves during daylight hours and stay away from the Trinity River until conditions improve.

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

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