Update on flooding in Liberty County

LIBERTY, November 2, 2015 - Liberty County Judge Jay Knight has issued a local disaster declaration as a result of the weekend rains and the continued flooding threat along the Trinity River.

A large portion of Liberty County received over 15 inches of rain Saturday, which resulted in serious flooding issues throughout the county. Many residents are reporting that their homes had water inside during and shortly after the heavy rain, however,most are reporting the water has receded from inside their homes,although a number of homes remain surrounded by water.

The Trinity River is above flood stage, currently at 28.01 in Liberty, and the Livingston Dam release remains at 43,800 cubic feet per second.

Indications are that additional increases in the release of water are possible over the next few days,and we are still asking folks along the river to plan for an event similar to what we experienced this past summer.

We are not calling for any evacuations,we are simply advising folks that live along the river to make plans now for this high water event. Previous experience tells us that those living in elevated structures will often stay put, so those individuals are advised to get their supplies now.

We are asking residents that received water in their homes from this weekends flood to give us a call so we can keep a list and better assess the damages that have occurred. There is no FEMA assistance available at this time,as previously stated we have filed a local disaster declaration in order to get the process started,but it will be some time before we hear from the state or federal government regarding the availability of state or federal aid.

We do not have shelters open in the county and have not received a request for sheltering,we do ask that anyone needing a place to stay try to find a place with friends or relatives. We do believe that this flood event along the river will be of much shorter duration than the previous flood in the summer,which lasted 64 days. We are hoping this event is only a week to 10 days in duration,but we will monitor conditions and update as warranted.

Again, please let us know if you received water in your home or business and we will add you to the list so that we can get an accurate count of damaged facilities.

Please be patient if you live in some of the areas that received over 15 inches of rain, it will take a while for the water to recede, but eventually it will go away.

Those living along the river need to stay alert and tune to local media for the latest information. You can also receive updated information from our office by going to www.nixle.com and registering your email and cell phone number. You can also text your zipcode to 888777 if you just want to register your cell phone to receive the messages via a text message.

If you have questions or need to report damages, please call the Liberty County Office of Emergency Management at 936-334-3219.

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

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