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Historic Cresting Of Brazos River Continues To Flood Brazoria And Fort Bend Counties

Fort Bend County residents are slowly trying to get into recovery mode.
This after the flooding caused by the historic cresting of the Brazos River this week.

 

Mark Springer and Karen McCoy check out what they have left in their Red Cross truck.

The Missouri residents are helping Fort Bend County residents whose properties were flooded. They’re distributing cleaning supplies and other basic items like food and blankets.

Springer says what he feels mostly is the gratefulness of the people he’s helping.

“When somebody loses everything and they don’t have anything and they have water in their house, they just don’t know what they’re gonna do, you know,” Springer says. “Us coming here with the Red Cross, giving them cleaning supplies… Tries to give them hope again.”

Sylvia Rendon is one of the persons Springer was helping.

Her home is located almost next to the Brazos River and she says it’s literally gone.

Rendon has serious doubts about whether it makes sense to keep living there.

“I feel this is a new beginning,” Rendon says. “God is telling us ‘Move on’. It’s hard. If we rebuild again, what is the river gonna do again? He can do what he wants.”

“I’ve got four showers here and it got four on the other, when you go in the other door,” said Jerry Lawrence, with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention’s disaster relief team.

He shows me one of four trailers the group has deployed to the county fairgrounds in Rosenberg, the base camp for Fort Bend County flooding responders.

“You have to have a place to house them. You have to have a place and equipment to feed them. And you have to have a way for them to get cleaned up and get their clothes done, so they can continue working,” Lawrence says.

He says there are about 200 emergency management workers from different parts of the state based here, and he’s been doing loads of laundry continuously since early this morning.

“We have many, many people out in the field working. I can’t do that job,” Lawrence says. “I’m kind of beyond that, but I can do this job and I can support them.”

They’ll come back in the evening to pick up their clean clothes and take showers.

What would they do without Lawrence and his trailers?

“Well, they would have to go to a washateria and maybe just smell bad, I don’t know,” he laughs. 

The effects of the floods are palpable. Twenty percent of Fort Bend County is under water and dozens of roads are still closed.

The county commissioners extended the emergency declaration two more weeks.

“Forty thousand plus residents are directly impacted by the inability to move around, their homes,” said Fort Bend County Judge Robert Hebert. “Some have water in them, some of our farmers and ranchers are losing animals, some of our folks in very new subdivisions are having water issues near or in their homes.”

Governor Greg Abbott toured the flooded areas today. He was briefed by officials from Fort Bend and Brazoria County.

Abbott urged Texans to remain alert as the state weathers potential additional rainfall.

The Texas leader said he was stunned at what he saw.

“Really deep concern and sorrow to see roadways that I have traveled upon in Rosenberg and Richmond in particular and see how there were airboats, as opposed to cars,” Abbott said in a press conference.

The Brazos River is the source of most of the flooding. Abbott said it will be a while before it returns to its banks.

“There is going to be an ongoing rise of water in the Brazos River, maybe in the Colorado River— and tributaries that split out of from those rivers — for an extended period of time.” Abbott said.

Officials say tens of thousands of residents in both counties have been impacted.

Governor Greg Abbott declared a state disaster declaration for the following 31 Texas counties on Wednesday. 

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