Trinity River Status

LIBERTY, November 3, 2015 - As previously indicated the Liberty County has filed a local disaster declaration and we are currently asking residents that received damage from the weekend rains to contact the Liberty County Office of Emergency Management at 936-334-3219.

Our office will make note of your damages and we are compiling data that will be given to the state and to FEMA officials to determine IF Liberty County will be eligible for any state or federal assistance. Currently there is NO FEMA assistance available and we anticipate it will take some time before we receive a response from the federal government advising whether or not our disaster meets the criteria for federal assistance.

We will update everyone as to the status of any available assistance once it is known to us.

We have not received any request for sheltering and it is our understanding that local residents affected by the flood waters caused by the extreme rainfall event over the weekend, are staying with friends or relatives or have decided to stay in their homes. We do not have any reports of water inside homes at this time,only water still covering roadways into a few locations,mainly in far southwestern and far northeastern portions of Liberty County.

Water is very slowly receding in most areas.

The good news on the Trinity River is that it has been holding steady at 28.1 feet ( 2.1 feet above flood stage ) and it is anticipated it will remain steady, possibly rising to 28.9 feet later in the week.

Trinity River Authority (TRA) officials are reporting that the inflows at Lake Livingston are not high enough to warrant an increase of the discharge rate at this time,however,it may become necessary to slightly increase the release from the dam later this week. The current release rate remains at 43,800 cfs.

Based on the current data,it would appear that the previously anticipated discharge rate of 65,000 cfs WILL NOT occur,which would be a great benefit to those living along the river.

We will continue to monitor and update as warranted, please contact our office if you have any questions or concerns.

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

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