Angelina, Neches rivers remain at flood stage levels

Angelina, Neches rivers remain at flood stage levels
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - This week's rainfall left its mark in waters all across East Texas, and it doesn't seem to be done.

"There's potential for more rainfall, and we want to keep and maximize that flood storage capability of the reservoir," said Tom Webb, the Sam Rayburn Hydroelectric plant superintendent.

Both the Angelina and Neches rivers have been under flood warnings since early April. The warnings will be in place until further notice.

"The rainfall in the immediate area also impact the Neches Basin," Webb said.

The water in the Neches River is covering the entire boat ramp. It's expected to rise up to 15 feet before it falls.

"That runoff does come into the reservoir," Webb said.

Both rivers feed into the Sam Rayburn Reservoir, but Webb says the dam continues to serve its purpose through severe East Texas weather.

"The lake is built and designed to hold and store flood water," Webb said.

The reservoir is now in the flood pool stage at 168.8 feet, higher than its normal level at 164.4 feet. There are now two flood gates opened at two feet each.

"If you would have had that 30,000 cubic feet coming in at one time, it would wash everybody away," Webb said.

Webb says this won't be the case. Though residents and business owners near the bodies of water will see a rise in water levels, Sam Rayburn officials are fully prepared for the rainfall to come.

"They've got somebody on duty at these types of things 24 hours a day," Webb said.

The National Weather Service advises those near high water levels to move livestock and equipment to higher ground away from the rivers.

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