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Fort Bend County Residents Impacted By Historic Cresting Of Brazos River

Richmond, Rosenberg and Simonton are some of the cities affected by the flooding.

Parts of Richmond, in Fort Bend County, that are close to the Brazos River have been severely flooded.
Parts of Richmond, in Fort Bend County, that are close to the Brazos River have been severely flooded.

The severe weather that has impacted several parts of Texas in the past few days has caused the Brazos River to crest at record levels.

Along with Rosenberg and Simonton, Richmond is one of the cities in Fort Bend County flooded by the historic cresting of the Brazos River.

Fort Bend County officials estimate the number of homes impacted by the flooding is in the hundreds.

Oscar Lozano, a Richmond resident, thinks it may be time to find a new home.

“I think at this point, with the way that it’s been going last year, the year before, just a month ago, I think we are going to have to think about moving, at least to higher ground, further away from the Brazos River,” says Lozano.

Mary Doetterl, another Richmond resident, had to spend Tuesday at a Red Cross shelter set up at the city’s First Baptist Church.

She left her home in the middle of the night because it’s located very close to the river.

“I’ve never experienced what we have experienced this past year, year and a half, with the rains and the flooding. It’s crazy,” said Doetterl, who thinks, at this point, Texas needs a break from the heavy rains.

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Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz

Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz

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Alvaro 'Al' Ortiz is originally from Spain. He worked for several years in his home country and gained experience in all platforms of journalism, from wire services to print, as well as broadcast news and digital reporting. In 2001, Al came to the United States to pursue a Master's degree...

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