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Trinity River in Liberty still on the rise; see aerial photos

Flooding south of Knights Forest, Wednesday, May 1, 2024

The Trinity River in Liberty County is still on the rise and is projected to crest at an elevation of 30.7 on Friday, May 3. The river forecasts supplied by the National Weather Service, which pinpoints the time of the crest at round 4 p.m. Friday takes under consideration previous precipation and anticipated rainfall 24 hours into the future.

The river will crest at practically 5 ft above the flood stage of 26 ft. With further rainfall anticipated on Thursday and Friday, Bill Hergemueller, coordinator of the Liberty County Office of Emergency Management, mentioned circumstances may worse and he’s urging residents to stay vigilant.

“Stay alert and watch for flooded roads,” Hergemueller suggested, as considerations develop over the affect of the impending climate circumstances.

In anticipation of the storm system that swept by means of Southeast Texas on Sunday, ensuing in widespread rainfall, Hergemueller had already begun advising residents in flood-prone neighborhoods in Liberty County to arrange and, if doable, evacuate.

Despite the imminent risk, many residents in these communities, accustomed to coping with the challenges posed by earlier floods, are selecting to stay behind to guard their properties.

“Don’t wait until nightfall to ask for help. We won’t be putting first responders in boats at night to do a rescue. Use good judgment when you are securing your home. If you have a medical emergency, call 911. We have game wardens and others on standby, but we don’t intend to go out at night because of the increased risk to our first responders,” Hergemueller mentioned.

Here are the prime 10 historic crests for the Trinity River at the Liberty Bridge:

  • 32.70 ft on 09/01/2017
  • 31.00 ft on 10/21/1994
  • 30.03 ft on 05/23/1990
  • 29.96 ft on 05/31/2015
  • 29.95 ft on 10/22/2018 
  • 29.95 ft on 06/01/2016
  • 29.92 ft on 05/15/2019
  • 29.62 ft on 01/06/1992
  • 29.60 ft on 12/20/2015
  • 29.58 ft on 12/14/2018

On Tuesday, Hergemueller and others concerned in emergency providers took to the skies to get a greater image of the extent of flooding. He, together with Hardin Fire Chief Nic Nelson, supplied the following aerial photos.

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