I know you are likely getting questions from friends and neighbors about this flood event. I’ve heard that some might ask questions like “should I be getting sandbags for my home”, or “what roads will be impassable”. The PGMUD levee is design to prevent flooding for a 100 year flood event (and then some by my observations – good job Mr. Engineers) so there should not be any flooding with PGMUD from this event. The National Weather Service is keeping the high water prediction of 53.5’. It would appear the that the water level readings at the Richmond gauge show a trend that may fall short of this prediction. But if the water does get to 53.5’ we do expect to have water up to the bottom of the levee in several areas. The area that we think would be first is near the intersection of Mason Road and FM 359, in the open field west of 359. This area is outside the Pecan Grove MUD levee. If the crest stayed at this level long enough we could see water over 359, but it should not crest over the portion that Pecan Grove MUD paid money to Texas department of transportation (who maintains FM 359) raised for our levee. We do not anticipate the need to deploy the WIPPS (Water Inflated Property Protection System). In the event that FM 359 is inundated with water on the south end, our planned route of access is via Mason Rd, entering the levee at the north end at Farmer Road.
I have contacted Sargent Gobar and Chief Wooley to ensure they are aware of the situation.
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Here is some more detailed information from our operator EDP. There are currently no unmet needs. PGMUD Level 2 Emergency Levee Operation was initiated May 28, 2016. All levee gates are closed with the exception of the FM 359 Levee gate. This gate will remain open; only being closed based on local observations of the water level along FM 359. All pump storm water pump stations remain ready in standby. All drainage systems are at low levels within the levee. 2 man teams are rotating through the pump station and conducting levee inspections. As the water levee approaches the bottom of the levee, we plan to deploy four 2 man teams on 6 hour shifts to continuously man the levee, walking the top of the levee conducting visual inspections. The customer call center has been briefed on the situation to improve communication with the public. PGMUD is posting daily updates on the web site. PGMUD also has email burst communication ready in the event an emergency condition should arise.
The Pecan Grove MUD office will be the command center for the levee operations.
As we hope you understand our operator’s first priority is emergency operations. Posting on the website is a priority, but not as high as priority is making sure all of our residents are safe from Brazos River flooding. We do encourage our residents to subscribe to the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management update system so that you can get much more frequent information, which you can do by clicking here.