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02/09/05 - Nacogdoches

Rivers On The Rise

by Donna McCollum

The Angelina, Neches, and Trinity are all East Texas rivers under close watch by the Corps of Engineers. The rivers are now at an elevated stage. River bottoms are containing the water preventing any serious flooding down river.

Nacogdoches County Extension Agent Jackie Risner said, "I think it's the days that the rivers and creeks are staying out of their bank and keeping the properties flooded. We've had so much rain that the soil is saturated. The water has no where to go, but to runoff."

Thursday no water will be released from the main dam at Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Instead, there will be a high release just south at Dam B to allow the Neches River to flow through.

At times like this you understand why most river front homes are built on piers. The rising river is more of an inconvenience than a hazard. The flow can be annoying to riverside residents who may temporarily be blocked from the property and to ranchers concerned about livestock.

"Most of the time these ranchers know and when that happens they'll open gates and when the water starts to rise the cattle will get out," said Risner.

Luckily that shouldn't be a concern for residents. Hydraulic engineers are confident with proper control flooding can be avoided. The flow into Sam Rayburn is 30,000 cubic feet of water per second. That may sound like a lot, but according to Corps of Engineers hydraulic engineer Tom Johnston, "It's nothing extraordinary."

Still it's important to take caution when enjoying the waterways. This time of year there aren't many fishermen on the river, but if you do venture out be careful. The water is swift. Also washed out trees and logs can be dangerous to boaters.

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