LIBERTY, March 9, 2016 - Rainfall is expected to continue off and on during the overnight period and the Flash Flood WATCH has now been extended until 6 am Thursday for Liberty County.
Liberty County has been spared persistent rainfall,however,1 to 3 inches of rain has fallen over most of the county since yesterday.
River flooding continues to be a threat as heavy rainfall continues to occur over the Trinity River Basin north of Lake Livingston.
This will likely lead to increased releases at the Livingston Dam over the next few days. Current projections take the Trinity River in Liberty up to 28.6 feet by the weekend, and residents living along the river are urged to prepare now for the threat of another high water event that could close roadways into their subdivisions.
Currently the Livingston Dam release is 23,000 cubic feet per second (cfs ) and the Trinity River in Liberty is at 22.12 feet.
Flood stage in Liberty is 26 feet and for comparison purposes, the river reached 30 feet in the May 2015 flood, 29.1 feet in the October 2015 flood, and 29.5 feet in the December 2015 flood.
Residents that would like to monitor the river gauges can go to www.co.liberty.tx.us, click on "other county offices" , click on "emergency management", scroll down the left hand column , and click on " Trinity River Gauges". This shows some of the gauges starting just above Lake Livingston and continuing all the way down to Moss Bluff.
This will give you an idea of the water levels coming downstream and what the projected effects will be in Liberty County.
Updates will follow as warranted. Reminder that you can register your cell phone to receive text messages from the Liberty County Office of Emergency Management by texting your zipcode to 888777 or by going on line at www.nixle.com.
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Liberty County, Texas