Voluntary evacuation in Liberty County

October 30, 2009 12:00:58 PM PDT
Due to the heavy rainfall received in southeast and east Texas, the Lake Livingston Dam is releasing water at levels that put the Trinity River above the flood stage. According to the Liberty County Office of Emergency Management, this will cause flooding of low lying roads in the subdivisions along the Trinity River. County Judge Phil Fitzgerald and Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Branch are asking for a voluntary evacuation of low-lying areas near the Trinity River. Roads into and out of low-lying subdivisions along the river can become impassable due to high water. Motorists should avoid traveling into and out of low-lying areas after nightfall. Motorists should use extreme caution when attempting to cross any flooded roadways.

Currently there are no shelter locations open in Liberty County. However, anyone deciding to evacuate and in need of a place to go is advised to contact the Liberty County Office of Emergency Management 936-334-3219.

Those deciding to heed this request for voluntary evacuation are urged to travel during daylight hours. Flood conditions along the Trinity may last several days.

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