Trinity River Conditions

LIBERTY, December 4, 2015 – Just wanted to update everyone on our current thoughts concerning the possibility of another high water event along the Trinity River.

Flood water continues to make its way downstream from the Dallas area and will certainly cause an increase in the level at Lake Livingston in the next few days. As we well know once water comes into lake, Trinity River Authority officials monitor the lake level and open the gates on the dam to accommodate the increased inflow. That water then makes its way downstream through Liberty County and eventually into Trinity Bay.

Right now the current thinking does not bring the river levels in Liberty County up to those levels seen during the last two flood events,however,that cannot be affirmed until early next week as hydrologist continue to review data from gauges along the river.

Residents living along the Trinity River should pay attention to media reports starting next week. Release rates from the Livingston Dam, currently at 19,000 cubic feet per second (CFS) will slowly be increased as water levels increase at the lake.

We do not know how high the discharge rate will be at it's peak,however, we do not anticipate a major flood event at this time.

Discharge rates of 50,000 cfs and above can create issues on roads around the river so we will certainly monitor conditions and keep residents advised as warranted.

Once again we have plenty of time to prepare so folks living in areas around the river that normally have issues during high water events are reminded to go ahead and prepare now.

Please feel free to call the Liberty County Office of Emergency Management (LCOEM) at 936-334-3219 if you have any questions or concerns.

You can also register your cell phone to receive text messages from LCOEM by texting your zipcode to 888777 or you can register your cell phone and email by going to www.nixle.com


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

 

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