TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - With more rain expected this weekend, officials with the Trinity River Authority are working to control the river's water levels, so they can be ready if more wet stuff arrives at the end of this week.
The flood gates are opened as the Trinity River Authority at Lake Livingston continue to control high water levels from North Texas storms that came down weeks ago.
"We're experiencing that water now at the Lake Livingston Dam," said Chad Holton, the Emergency Management Coordinator.
Last week, Trinity County residents were preparing for the flooding. The Trinity River in that county reached its peak this afternoon at almost 137 feet. That's foot shy of the levels seen in May and June.
"Hopefully, Riverside over the next 12 hours should start cresting and leveling out before it starts coming back down," Holton said.
With even more rain in the forecast, that flood stage water has a chance of staying that way.
"Once we hit 131 here, we treat this reservoir as if it's a full glass of water," Holton said.
Trinity County residents have looked at that glass as half empty with concerns that repeated flooding could be prevented.
"They experience the water before we get to it and before it gets to us here at the dam," Holton said.
Holton said they are releasing water as it comes.
"Anything that comes out, we just let right out as if the dam weren't here. We mimic nature if you will," Holton said.
If water falls in North Texas, there is time to get levels here down. If a substantial amount falls here, they will increase the discharge until flood level waters make an exit.
Holton said TRA officials are keeping up to date on the weather forecast.