Trinity to reach flood stage

FROM STAFF REPORT

Ellis County officials have been advised by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that flooding is anticipated along the Trinity River corridor from Bristol to Telico in the next 24 hours.

"Based on the historical information that we have and the calculations that NOAA can make from the conditions upstream, we are encouraging voluntary evacuation," said County Judge Chad Adams.

NOAA predicts that the water level will reach 36 feet tonight and it is expected to exceed the 1990 level of 37.9 feet before cresting.

"This past April, the water level rose to 35.9 feet and the levy held firm," Adams said. "But in 1990 when the water was at 37.9 feet, the levy gave way."

The Ellis County Sheriff's Department is presently working with area volunteer fire departments to notify residents in the affected areas.

The American Red Cross Disaster Management Team has arranged for a shelter to be opened at the First United Methodist Church at 300 N. Sherman in Ennis. The church has a shelter-trained team in place as well.

Residents are also encouraged to monitor weather reports. In an emergency, call 911. For other assistance, call the sheriff's dispatcher at (972) 937-6060 or the local police or fire department.

"We want our citizens to be safe," Adams said. "And we want to get information out to people so that they will have time to protect their homes, their equipment and their livestock."