LIBERTY, March 14, 2016 - Good news bad news kind of day, depending on which river you live near in Liberty County.
First, Trinity River conditions have not exceeded our expectations and it appears the Trinity River will remain at or slightly below major flood stage in Liberty and Moss Bluff this week. Trinity River Authority officials were able to effectively manage the inflow from north of Lake Livingston and maintained a release rate of 55,600 cubic feet per second (cfs) at the Livingston Dam over the weekend.
This is good news as conditions did not warrant a higher outflow and current projections indicate the lake is slowly falling,currently at 131.55 feet. The outflow from the dam may be reduced slightly over the next few days,however, there will most likely be an increase in the release rate towards the end of the week as water from the Crockett area reaches the lake.
We are optimistic that the releases in the next few weeks will not surpass the 55,600 cfs rate we are currently seeing. Updates on this situation will follow as warranted.
Current Trinity River levels are: 34.4 feet at Romayor, 28.85 feet in Liberty and 14.17 feet in Moss Bluff. These levels will not cause water to enter homes along the Trinity, but can certainly cut off roadways into the riverfront neighborhoods.
The bad news comes from the East Fork of the San Jacinto River, which has receded after cresting above flood stage over the weekend. We have learned that somewhere between 8 and 12 mobile homes located in a neighborhood near Plum Grove, were inundated with 2 to 3 feet of water. We are reaching out to those residents and asking them to contact our office if their residence flooded during this event. We need this data to determine if we have enough damage to request and receive state or federal assistance.
County Commissioners are also inspecting roads, bridges and culverts to determine if there is any infrastructure damage..
Please call the Liberty County Office of Emergency Management at 936-334-3219 if you have damage or if you have any questions. We will continue to update as conditions warrant.
Office of Emergency Management &
Liberty County, Texas