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The Trinity River remains stable near 29 feet in Liberty ( flood stage 26 feet ) and 14.3 in Moss Bluff ( flood stage 12.2 feet).
The release from the Livingston Dam continues at 56,900 cubic feet per second and it is anticipated this release will remain the same throughout the weekend as the lake is slowly dropping but remains approximately 1.3 feet above normal pool level.
The roads leading into some river front subdivisions have water over them, but local residents are continuing to stay in their elevated homes and no residents living along the river have reported water in their homes. We have not received any request for assistance from folks along the river and do not anticipate any this weekend,as the water level remains a foot below what we saw in the summer flood.
There is one issue developing that could change things early next week, as a strong storm system will move into our region and is expected to bring heavy rain. This of course would create issues along the river basin so we are urging residents to pay close attention to local media reports over the next few days.
The threat begins next Monday and will continue into Tuesday at least. Residents along the river should begin planning now for the possibility of a rise in river levels next week IF the anticipated rainfall event occurs. Again, this is a fluid situation and it is important that everyone pay attention to the weather forecast and prepare now, our office will issue statements as warranted.
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The “other” flood event we are working is the October 31st heavy rainfall event and we have received well over 100 reports of damages from local residents. Local,State and FEMA officials were out in the community yesterday and noted damage (ranging from very minor damage to major damage) to at least 167 residences.
The information gathered will be analyzed by state and federal officials to determine if our area received enough damage to qualify for FEMA assistance.
As of now there is no FEMA assistance and we will advise when we receive their decision.