On Saturday we took the 7-year-old who lives in our house to the Trinity River Audubon Center, where he quickly became obsessed with the Pete Delkus-narrated flood-maker showing how high's too high. So. This morning, out of nowhere, he asked: "Is the Trinity going to flood?" I told him to leave me alone and call Schutze. Then I called up NOAA's flood-stage gauge -- or, as I like to call it, the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service. I told him not to worry. At which point we lost power for a few minutes, following an enormous transformer boom. Last I saw Jim, he was looking at the radar and puttin' on his rubbers.
Update at 10:55 a.m.: As more than one Friend of Unfair Park has noted in the comments, NOAA has updated its flood-stage numbers by quite a bit -- hence, the new chart at top.
Update at 12:47 p.m.: I'm not going to post every update. Or am I?
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Update at 1:14 p.m.: I just posted the latest graph, which has upped the predicted crest from 44.6 feet to 48.6. Per the flood impact standards accompanying the chart, at 48 feet "the area around the old Procter and Gamble plant will flood. Persons along the river and in flood prone areas should expect much higher water than normal."