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Fort Bend County Officials Say The Flooding They Are Experiencing Is Unprecedented

Some towns are isolated because of the high water and can only be reached by boat.

Jeff Braun, Fort Bend County Emergency Management Coordinator, says they are monitoring how the situation evolves.
Jeff Braun, Fort Bend County Emergency Management Coordinator, says they are monitoring how the situation evolves.

The cresting of the Brazos River keeps causing big problems and Fort Bend County officials say the flooding they are experiencing is “unprecedented.”

Officials say the water is four feet higher than it was during the historic floods the county suffered in 1994.

“The water is going into places that we’ve not seen before. It’s a new experience for a lot of us, including the National Weather Service, who’s doing the forecasts that we are using,” said Jeff Braun, Fort Bend County Emergency Management Coordinator, during a press conference held Wednesday at the Emergency Operations Center in Richmond.

The damage has spread throughout the county to the extent that some areas can only be reached by boat.

Major Chad Norvell, with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, noted the town of Thompsons is “isolated.”

First responders have performed more than 300 water rescues.

The main concern is the additional rain as more storms moved into the region.

The county could receive three to eight inches between Thursday and Saturday.

County officials are also worried about what will happen next on the Brazos River.

“Now we are waiting for the crest of water to move forward downstream into the Missouri City area and then finally down in towards the Brazos Penn State Park and out towards our neighbors in Brazoria County,” added Braun.

The flooding has caused more than 70 road closures, including sections of I-69 and Highway 90.

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