Weather

Brazos River Surpasses Flooding Predictions

Weather reports are suggesting scattered showers for the next few days with a possibility of localized rainfall in some areas.

 

The Fort Bend County Emergency Management office remains at alert Level One due to the Brazos River at record levels.

The National Weather Service previously predicted  the level of the river might be 3 1/2 feet higher than what was registered during the record flooding Fort Bend County suffered back in 1994. It has surpassed that prediction. 

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Weather reports are suggesting scattered showers for the next few days with a possibility of localized rainfall in some areas. This could result in area flooding because drainage areas are full and the ground is saturated. 

Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for parts of Richmond, Rosenberg, Simonton, unincorporated areas North of the river near Rosenberg, and Thompsons

“This level of water in the river has not been seen in many of our lifetimes and we urge residents to heed these warnings,” said Jeff Braun, emergency management coordinator for Fort Bend County. 

Ford Bend County officials say approximately 120 rescues have been conducted in the county with over 90 of those water rescues being conducted by the Texas Task Force 1.

“Even if your home sits at a high enough elevation to avoid the water, if you are in one of these evacuation areas, the entire area around you is likely to be inundated causing you to be stranded,” Braun said in press release. 

The level of the river is expected to stay above major flood conditions into the weekend. 

US 90-A EB at Harlem Rd. has been closed due to high water. Traffic is being diverted to Pitts Rd.  Officials recommend eastbound traffic use FM 762 in Richmond to access US 59 as an alternative route.
US 90-A EB at Harlem Rd. has been closed due to high water. Traffic is being diverted to Pitts Rd. Officials recommend eastbound traffic use FM 762 in Richmond to access US 59 as an alternative route.

Red Cross shelters have been established at the First Baptist Church and River Pointe Church in Richmond and the Bible Fellowship Church in Brookshire. 

Residents needing assistance should call 211. 

 

Resources and helpful links

Road closures in Fort Bend County

Do you live in a flood plain area?

Report Fort Bend County residential damage

 

 

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