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This mornings heavy rain event had little effect on our current flood situation, however, additional rainfall is likely to occur in ” waves” over the next 48 hours or so.

We should be able to handle additional rainfall events like the one that came through this morning without a lot of concern, however, if the showers and storms set up over our area and stall, then it will be a whole different ballgame.

Any heavy rainfall over Lake Livingston could also create the need to increase the Livingston Dam release.

We will continue to monitor conditions and keep everyone advised.

The Livingston Dam release rate has remained steady all day at 48,200 cubic feet per second.

Even with the rain this morning, the water is very slowly receding on the northern reaches of the Trinity River in Liberty County. The Romayor gauge is near 34.5 feet and falling.

The Liberty gauge continues to be in major flood stage holding near 29.7,  while Moss Bluff is about to crest near 15.4.

The American Red Cross has now opened a second shelter in Liberty County. The latest shelter is located in the Jack Hartel  / Community Shelter Building,  318 San Jacinto Street in Liberty.

The Red Cross Shelter in Cleveland also remains open at the Calvary Baptist Church located at 816 North Blair.

Rumors (which occur every time the river gets this high) regarding the closure of Hwy 90 in the river bottom between Liberty and Dayton are NOT true.  TxDot officials have no plans to close this stretch of roadway and it is open. 

Hwy 563 between Hwy 90 and Hwy 770 south is closed due to high water.

Updates as warranted…