Residents worried about high water, shooting along Trinity River

LIBERTY COUNTY, TX (KTRK) -- Flood concerns persist for residents living along the rain swollen Trinity River, and a shooting is adding to their stress.

While there is curiosity about the rising Trinity River the water can be very dangerous.

"It's really high. There's usually a sandbar there and it's completely covered now," said resident John Duplichan.

But it's not just water they are worried about -- now a crime in the middle of a swollen river.

"We have kids out here - it's irresponsible. It just doesn't make any sense," Duplichan said.

Liberty County sheriff's deputies say around 3:30 this afternoon. Guy Woods of Cleveland was shot in the left side of his stomach while traveling by boat up the flooded Trinity River near this bridge on Highway 105.

Investigators say while he didn't see a gun he told them he saw a man on the river bank right after the shooting. Two friends called for help.

The river water is at the base of bridges and creeping onto roads at the edge of Liberty.

Richard Campbell is checking on his mother. She's on higher ground but surrounded by rising water.

"It's going over the running boards and getting deeper. It's gone up 6 inches since yesterday. It's getting bad," said Campbell

And it's not just the Trinity...

Linda Peterson is documenting it all.

"It is history," she said.

Her husband Philip drives over five rivers several times a week working for Fed Ex.

"It's amazing to me to see how far out of their banks the rivers are. I've seen them come out of their banks but I've never seen the Trinity River as high as it is," said Peterson.

Woods was transported by helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Medical Center. If you have any information on the Trinity River shooting call Liberty County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-392-7867.
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