LIBERTY, March 10, 2016 - Last nights very heavy rainfall, up to 5 inches in some areas of the county, along with the increased release from the Livingston Dam, will certainly have an effect on residents living along the Trinity River.
Currently the Trinity River is at 30.02 feet at Romayor, projected to rise to 36.9 feet , 24.46 feet in Liberty, projected to rise to 29.4 feet ( 3.4 feet above flood stage ) by Sunday , and 11.14 feet in Moss Bluff, rising to 14.8 feet ( 2.6 feet above flood stage ) by next Tuesday.
The current release from the Livingston Dam is 50,400 cubic feet per second ( cfs ) and the lake level is approx. 1.3 feet above normal pool level. Additional increases in the release are likely.
These levels will submerge roads leading into the river front subdivisions and residents are urged to decide now if they wish to ride out the flood in their elevated structures or leave and stay with friends or family until the water recedes.
Those choosing to stay should make certain they have food,water and other necessary supplies. It is way too early to determine if the State of Texas will have sustained enough damage to receive FEMA assistance so local residents deciding to stay in their homes should make certain they have what they need. Prepare now,do not wait until the roads are under water.
The Liberty County Office of Emergency Management will continue to monitor the situation and update as warranted.