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LAKE LIVINGSTON DAM RELEASE INCREASED

Trinity River Authority officials have increased the flow from the Livingston Dam in order to bring down the lake level, which is currently 132.72.

The current release is 54,300 cubic feet per second(cfs), and as we noted yesterday, a few more adjustments MAY be necessary before all is said and done,however,we are still optimistic that the increase will not reach the 65,000 cfs mark. Residents along the river should continue to plan for a high water event and should monitor local media reports for updates.

The current Trinity River level in Liberty is 28.2 and the current projected crest is 28.88 on Sunday. Major flood stage at Liberty is 29 feet and the level reached in the summer flood was 30.00 feet.

The river is currently projected to rise to 14.2 feet in Moss Bluff early next week.

The water from last weekends flood outside the Trinity River flood plain has started to slowly recede. Residents that had water in their homes during the weekend heavy rain event are reminded to call the Liberty County Office of Emergency Management at 936-334-3219 and register their damage .  This information will be supplied to FEMA IF Liberty County receives a federal disaster declaration.

County Judge Jay Knight  reports that he took an airboat tour of the area around Hull yesterday and it appears that the water is very slowly receding in that general vicinity and that there does not appear to be any blockages around the railroad bridges located in that area.  Fifteen inches of rain fell over the county in a very short period of time and it will simply take time for this water to fully recede from the low lying areas.  This is the same area that had nine inches of rain the previous weekend.

More rain is anticipated at the end of this week so everyone should continue to stay alert.

Please continue to monitor local media for updates.

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