NOON - The National Weather Service in Fort Worth has issued an updated forecast and current conditions for flooding in Ellis County. The next NWS forecast will be issued Thursday about 9 p.m.

Trinity River at Rosser

At the latest update, the river had reached a height of 33.1 feet and a flow of 26.8 kcfs. NWS reports that minor flooding is occuring, and that moderate flooding is forecast, with the river projected to crest at nearly 38 feet about 7 or 8 p.m. on Friday. The river level is expected to stay near its cresting level until sometime Saturday morning, and is forecast to fall below 31 feet (Flood Stage) Monday evening.

The Trinity River levee in eastern Ellis County was breached by flood waters 37.9 feet high in 1990.

Evacuations

Last night, approximately 40 residents of rural Ellis County were notified that they might be in jeopardy if the levee should be breached. A shelter is available at the First United Methodist Church at 300 N. Sherman in Ennis, but no one has sought shelter there at this time. The shelter has been reduced to stand-by status.

“This voluntary evacuation notification was based on the prediction that the river would reach a level of 36 feet at about midnight last night,” said County Judge Chad Adams. “Fortunately, that did not happen, but we are continuing to monitor the situation.”

Chambers Creek near Rice

NWS reports that moderate flooding is occuring near Rice, and is expected to continue as the creek rises to nearly 28 feet by Thursday afternoon. The creek is forecast to fall below the 24 foot flood stage late Sunday morning.

For more information, visit the NWS Web site at www.srh.noaa.gov/fwd and select the “North Texas River Flooding Update Here!” link at the top of the page or “River and Lakes AHPS” under the Current Conditions heading on the left side of the page.