Update from the President

April 19, 2016 at 12:40 PM

Overnight our operator EDP continued to check local drainage system and all of our pump stations. All was normal, with very little overnight rain. Our drainage system remains at low levels with capacity for another rain event. EDP is continuing to communicate directly with the Fort Bend Emergency Operations Center, which is being manned 24/7. It is indicating that the Brazos River peak prediction is lower by about one foot, from 49.5 to 48.5. It is likely that the confidence level of the prediction model has improved. We are expected to receive more rain later today as a trough of low pressure moves in from the west later today and into the night hours. We could see up to one inch of rain with this system.

All MUD facilities are currently on normal power supply, without the need for use of our emergency backup power generators. EDP is monitoring the flow through the Waste Water Treatment Plant. EDP reports there was some minor electrical damage at water plant #2, but the transfer switch to emergency power is functioning. The automation for the generator transfer switch for the north storm water pump station was also damaged, which will require EDP to operate the switch manually, if needed. There was some minor electrical problems with lift station No. 8, but it will function.

The hydrograph below show the current river levels and the predicted levels. The river reached the stage 2 operation level of 42’ at about 11:00 PM last night. All levee gates are closed with the exception of the FM 359 levee gate. The current level on the Richmond gauge is 43.2’, for reference the attached picture of the outfall channel shows the water level at the flap gates, with a water elevation of 73 feet, picture taken about 45 minutes after the river gauge level show below.

EDP will continue emergency levee operation through tonight and likely tomorrow night. If conditions remain unchanged, the next update will be tomorrow morning.

Thank you for your patience while we operate in emergency conditions. We also have posted recent information from WCA about trash collection, which will be collected as normal today for Tuesday pickups.

Don’t forget to sign up for email blasts through the website so you will get notice of updates. And, most important, stay safe and dry.

Chad Howard, President of Pecan Grove MUD

WCA Collection Services Will Be Operating Today

April 19, 2016 at 12:36 pm

To Pecan Grove MUD Customers:

WCA collection services will be operating today.

All WCA residential customers that were not serviced yesterday, (Monday) will be serviced on Thursday (April 21st). We regret any inconvenience caused by this event but we hope you understand the weather conditions did not permit safe collection. Recycling that was not collected on Monday, April 18th will be picked up on the next collection day of Monday, April 25th.

We will determine whether we can safely provide collection services to WCA customers who are scheduled for Wednesday pick-up once we have a better picture of weather and road conditions for tomorrow. Another announcement regarding Wednesday service will be made at the earliest opportunity.

Please call the Pecan Grove MUD Customer Service Office at 281-238-5000 or the WCA Customer Service Office at 281-368-8397 with any questions.

Please be safe!

Letter from the President to Our Residents

Thank everyone for your patience today. I hope everyone is safe. We are doing our best to ensure everyone stays dry.

The National Weather Service has updated their prediction of the Brazos River. As of 2:49 PM, the Brazos River is expected to hit Gage Elevation 49.5’ tomorrow afternoon. Currently, Richmond’s Gage Elevation is 30.42’ which is approximately 13 feet higher than 5:45 AM this morning. Due to the watershed conditions and the rain forecasts, the NWS reports to our operator EDP and engineer Jones & Carter that is has a “low confidence” level on this forecast. Therefore, the NWS has issued a range of elevations for the crest. Their current range is Gage Elevation of 46’ to 52’. Our engineers confirm to me that the toe of the levee along the Pecan Grove levee system ranges from 80′ to 84′. At either elevation, our operator EDP will shut the South Outfall (under FM 359) and the Pecan Lakes outfall. Our engineers and operator will be in the District this evening to check some of the external and internal levels.

Afterwards we will send an update on the current levels and what the predicting means for Pecan Grove is we have more information. Although we are in frequent contact, I expect to hear from them with a significant update this evening between 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. Please stay tuned to our MUD website for official District news and updates and be safe.

Chad Howard
President, PGMUD