Flooding Update

LIBERTY, March 11, 2016 -The Trinity River continues to rise as water is being released from the Livingston Dam at a rate of 55,600 cubic feet per second (cfs).

Romayor is currently reporting a level of 35.85 , the Liberty gauge reads 27.34, ( 1.3 feet above flood stage ), and Moss Bluff is near flood stage at 12.07 feet.

We expect a level of 29.3 feet in Liberty over the weekend and 14.6 feet in Moss Bluff by next Monday.

Additional increases are possible and right now we anticipate the river will reach levels seen during the October 2015 flood event. This could change depending on whether or not we see additional releases from the Livingston Dam.

Residents are reminded to pay close attention to local media reports over the next several days. Water from upstream will take a couple of weeks or more to reach our area and we are hopeful that the releases from the dam remain fairly steady and do not rapidly increase due to the incoming flood waters..

We have received a few calls today regarding the possibility of FEMA assistance for residents that will be cutoff by submerged roadways. There is no FEMA assistance
anticipated for our area unless we have damaged homes,in other words water inside residences,however, we will be working with state and federal officials as this flood continues and will pass on any information regarding assistance that becomes available.

Once again we remind residents to make sure they have supplies on hand if they plan to stay in their elevated structures and if they choose to leave they should make plans to stay with friends or relatives if at all possible. Make all moves during daylight hours.

The east fork of the San Jacinto River is also above flood stage in Cleveland, however, it is expected to crest later today. Residents downstream of Cleveland near New Caney will continue to see a rise in the water level, with an anticipated crest there on Sunday. Levels there should be similar to what was observed in the May 2015 flood.

Our office is continuing to monitor conditions and will update as warranted.

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



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