Incoming Weather has Flood Potential

LIBERTY, March 8, 2016 - The Liberty County Office of Emergency Management ( LCOEM ) is closely monitoring the approaching storm system.

With heavy rainfall amounts projected to occur over Liberty County,it is highly probable we will see major flooding occur along the Trinity River over the next several days.

The Trinity River continues to run high, currently at 21.67 feet in Liberty. The Livingston Dam is releasing 20,000 cubic feet per second (cfs )

If the projected rainfall total of 8 to 10 inches occurs over the next two days, we anticipate an increase in the dam release and the possibility that roads into riverfront subdivisions will be covered with water.

Current projections do not take the river above 29 feet, however, they do take it above flood stage of 26 feet, and projected levels could be adjusted upward once we see how much rain is received over the Trinity River Basin.

Residents living along the Trinity River should make preparations now for the possibility of river flooding.

Other residents in Liberty County, including those living near the San Jacinto River, major creeks, and low lying areas, should also expect the possibility of flooding conditions.

Residents should continue to monitor local media reports and should complete preparations as soon as possible. Livestock owners with cattle in low lying areas should have a plan to get their cattle to higher ground.

LCOEM will issue updates as warranted and residents can register to receive text messages on their phones by texting their zipcode to 888777. You can also go to to register both your cell phone and email addresses.

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

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