Brazos River Update – August 29 at 1:00 pm

The National Weather Service has just changed the expected crest level to 57.5′ at the Richmond gauge. This is below the previous estimate of 59′. We are expecting the County to issue this change shortly. Please follow the Fort Bend County OEM website for river updates as it is difficult for forecasters to predict the Brazos River forces with certainty.

Some roads in our MUD are still impassable.

Our pumps are in full operations and are pumping water out as quickly as they can. We need more breaks in rainfall to allow our pump systems to get ahead of this rainfall.

If the Brazos River does not exceed the new forecast of 57.5′ our levee and the precautions we have taken should mean our levee should not overtop. But we cannot predict the river level with certainty. But this lower projection is really good news.

Our certified divers are still working to place the 2 plugs in the outside detention pond. Water has slowed down coming through that leak due to the one plug we were able to get in the larger inlet last. We will update if we are able to get the other plugs in.

Here is a link for helpful tips for finding out road conditions.  http://static.drivetexas.org/?from=timeline&isappinstalled=0#8/31.431/-96.012

Also Fort Bend County has driving and road info out on its website.

District Update – August 29 at 9:15am

We hope everyone is safe inside your home or hopefully at a location outside the MUD. Last night, we were able to get a plug in the largest (60″) of the 3 pipes from the detention pond outside the levee that was allowing flood water from Oyster Creek into our system.  That slowed down the entrance of flood water from Oyster Creek. We are heading out this morning with our certified dive team who battled the conditions to make it to us to try to install two more plugs to cover the other smaller two pipes. Our stormwater pump stations are pumping and we are trying to keep up with the amount of rainfall. The Brazos River is still rising. The National Weather Service forecasts show the Brazos to crest at 59′ on Thursday morning. According to the Pecan Grove Baptist Church they are full of evacuees and cannot accept more. A list of shelters can be found on the Fort Bend County OEM website.

Emergency Shelters for Fort Bend County Residents

Shelters are opened in Fort Bend County to help support evacuees as conditions warrant. This list will be updated regularly as shelter statuses change.  The current shelter list is listed below and updated constantly on http://fbcoem.org.

Shelters Not Allowing Pets :

  • Red Cross Shelter at the George R. Brown, 1001 Avenida de La Americas Houston
  • Contact: 1-800-733-2767

Shelters Accepting Pets*:

  • Gallery Furniture, 6006 North Freeway, Houston, TX
  • Contact Information: 713-694-5570
  • Gallery Furniture, 7227 W. Grand Parkway  South., Richmond, TX
  • Contact Information: 281-407-7161
  • Red Cross Shelter at B.F. Terry High School 5500 Avenue N. Rosenberg, TX

*Please bring food, medicine, and crates for your pets.

Shelters outside Fort Bend County

For persons who are looking for Red Cross shelter locations outside Fort Bend County you can find a listing on the Red Cross Shelters Website.

Austin:

  • LB Johnson High School – 7309 Lazy Creek Dr, Austin, TX 78724
  • 956-473-5100
  • Tony Burger Activity Center – 3200 Jones Rd, Austin, TX 78745
  • 512-414-1050

Bastrop:

  • First United Methodist Church – 1201 Main St, Bastrop, TX 78602
  • 512-21-2201

La Grange:

  • 2nd Baptist Church – 1010 N Von Minden St, La Grange, TX 78945
  • 979-968-5953

Luling:

  • Luling Civic Center – 333 E Austin St, Luling, TX 78648
  • 830-875-2411

Sequin:

  • Victoria Christian Center – 735 E Kingsbury St, Seguin, TX 78155
  • 830-401-0848

New Braunfels:

  • NB 9th Grade Center – 659 S Guenther Ave, New Braunfels, TX 78130
  • 830-643-5700
  • Church Middle School – 1275 I-35BL, New Braunfels, TX 78130
  • 830-221-2800

Universal City:

  • New Life Fellowship Church – 11225 E Loop 1604 N, Universal City, TX 78148
  • 210-945-8098

Dallas:

  • Tommie N. Allen Recreation Center – 7071 Bonnie View Rd, Dallas, TX 75241
  • 214-647-0986
  • Samuell Grand Recreation Center – 6200 E Grand Ave, Dallas, TX 75223
  • 214-670-1383
  • Walnut Hill Recreation Center – 10011 Midway Rd, Dallas, TX 75229
  • 214-670-7112

Houston:

  • George R Brown convention Center – 1001 Avanida De Las Americans Houston, TX 77010
  • 73-853-8000

Huntsville:

  • Walker County Storm Shelter – 455 State Hwy 75 N, Huntsville, TX 77320
  • Huntsville High School – 515 Farm to Market Rd 2821, Huntsville, TX 77320

For a list of evacuations within Fort Bend County, view the Fort Bend County Emergency Evacuations page.

No Waste Services for Tuesday

Attention, WCA/VF Waste services made the decision due to severe weather conditions, and safety concerns, to suspend operations for Tuesday, August 29, 2017, for the greater Houston area.  Bay City/Wharton/Matagorda County services will not run until the mandatory evacuation is lifted.  As the storm progresses through the Greater Houston Area, Site closures might continue on Wednesday, August 30, 2017.  Please note, suspended services due to this storm event will not be made up or pushed to another service day.  Safety is WCA/VF Waste Services number one concern; we hope everyone is safe during this time.  We thank you for your patience and continued trust in WCA/VF Waste Services. 

We will be sending out another update Tuesday, 3:00 P.M., concerning service delays or stoppage. 

Please take care and be Safe this weekend during the storm. 

Sincerely, 

WCA/VF Waste Services Municipal Department

Pecan Grove Baptist Church is Overwhelmed

The Pecan Grove Baptist church is overwhelmed with people including pets.  The church was never intended to be anything more than a temporary stop to to allow our residents time to find other accommodations.  If you have any food, water, bedding, blankets, pet crates, pet food, please take them to the church, if you can get there, to help out.  They are in desperate need for crates for pets any other assistance you can think of.  If you have extra accommodations in your home, you might go by the church and see if you can take a few people into your home.

Church is a Temporary Shelter

The Pecan Grove Baptist Church temporary shelter is just that: temporary. It is not set up for a week long shelter. It is a stop gap location for those of you who have water in your home NOW to locate to a place temporarily while you can determine a place to evacuate to. Please be understanding. You can get a list of official FBC shelters on the FBC OEM website.

Requesting Sleeping Bags and Pillows

If anyone has sleeping bags and pillows for the EDP operator workers who are here working to keep our drainage working to the best of their abilities, please drop them by the Pecan Grove MUD office. We appreciate your help. The MUD office is behind Snap Fitness near the McDonald’s and Exxon at FM 359 at Plantation.

Mandatory Evacuation Notice

August 28, 2017 at 11:49 am

FBC Judge Bob Hebert is ordering mandatory evacuation for Pecan Grove MUD. The the detention pond north of Plantation Drive on the east end of the MUD has flood water from Oyster Creek entering the Pecan Grove drainage system. Even though mandatory evacuation has been ordered by Fort Bend County, the MUD is continuing its efforts to plug the inlets at the detention pond to curtail the flood flow from Oyster Creek. The MUD also is going to install WIPPs (emergency water inflated property protection devices) at locations along the Pecan Grove levee and on FM 359 between now and tomorrow evening when the Brazos River is expected to crest at 59′, a record 800+ year flood level. HOWEVER, we want our residents to be safe.

Once the WIPPs are deployed FM 359 will not be passable. We will close off FM 359 as late as possible, based on Brazos River flood elevations.

Please use your best efforts to safely evacuate your family. The MUD will stay here and use all efforts we can to shore up our levee and drainage system as we deal with this unprecedented flood.

High Water Trucks and Boats Needed

We have a call for high water trucks needed in Pecan Grove MUD to transport people to a temporary shelter that has been set up at the Pecan Grove baptist church on FM 359. If you have a truck that can drive in 2-3 feet of water 832-467-1599.  We are also in need of boats that can transfer people to the shelter as well.  Please call 832-467-1599 if you are able to help.  We thank you for you help.

Emergency Shelter at Pecan Grove Baptist Church

Pecan Grove Baptist church has opened as an emergency shelter (the gym in the back) for Pecan Grove residents. Water from Oyster Creek is coming into Pecan Grove from pipes in the new detention pond. People who need to evacuate but cannot get out can go to the church on FM359.

Oyster Creek

Oyster Creek has filled up the new detention pond on the north side of the district and water is backfilling into Pecan Grove. We are seeing over 4 feet of water near Plantation Drive between Bittersweet and Quarter Path. There is no way to stop this flow of water. We are very concerned about severe flooding in this area of the district. Plantation Drive is not drivable in this section. Please avoid this area. We are very concerned that people in this area of the district need to evacuate ASAP. It is impossible to contain this water.

Voluntary Evacuations Ordered

Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert has just issued an order for voluntary evacuations for several Fort Bend County subdivisions, including Pecan Grove MUD. This order is based on a potential gauge reading at 59.0’ at the City of Richmond Brazos River bridge. We calculate at this unprecedented level, Pecan Grove MUD has potential levee breach issues at 5 locations.

We want to provide this update not to frighten residents, but to do our best to inform you as to these unprecedented emergency situations. Please consider your personal circumstances and family situation as you decide whether to voluntarily evacuate your home. We strongly encourage anyone with medical conditions needing potential attention to leave while the roads are able to be passable. If the Brazos River levels reach the levels projected, you will not be able to exit onto FM 359 and we cannot predict availability of other roads.

Below is a summary of the locations and what we are doing to mitigate those areas. Our crews are working non stop to help mitigate the situation.

– FM 359 North Crossing (By the Tennis Courts). If left unmitigated, at a Brazos River level of 59′, projections are that water would enter the Pecan Lakes Subdivision (325 homes) and the commercial along FM 359. Pecan Grove MUD plans to deploy around 200’ of WIPPs (a special device to act as a temporary dam) per the MUD’s emergency action plan (EAP).

– FM 359 South Crossing (By 9’ers Grill). It left unmitigated, at a Brazos River level of 59′,
water would enter the Pecan Lakes Subdivision (325 homes) and the commercial along FM 359. Pecan Grove MUD plans to deploy around 200’ of WIPPs (a special device to act as a temporary dam) per the MUD’s EAP.

– Access Road to the MUD Sewage Treatment Plant (on FM 359 south of the commercial properties before Plantation Place). If left unmitigated, water would enter the Plant Site and the Pecan Grove Subdivision. Pecan Grove Plans to deploy around 40’ of WIPPs per our EAP.

– Mason Road from the Golf Cart Barn to Oyster Creek. At a Brazos River level of 59.0’, if left unmitigated, water would enter the northern portions of Pecan Grove. We need around 40′ of WIPPs to be deployed to help protect this area.

– Southern Place Drive (Plantation Place Subdivision). Residents may lose access out onto FM 359 at a Brazos River level of 56 to 56.5′. We plan to try to separately inform these residents. If left unmitigated, water would enter the Pecan Grove subdivision. We plan to mitigate this area by deploying about 100′ of WIPPs per our EAP.

It is possible we will need manpower to assist with sandbags. Please do not call the MUD office. Please watch this site. We will put out calls for volunteers should the need for additional personnel arise.

Please take care of yourself and your family. These are scary times.

District Update – August 27th at 2:20 pm

Pecan Grove Residents,

Fort Bend County Judge Robert Hebert has upgraded the voluntary evacuation order for certain residents in low-lying areas surrounding the Brazos River to a mandatory evacuation order. THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO OUR RESIDENTS WHO ARE INSIDE OUR LEVEES.

The Brazos River is rising.  The latest from the National Weather Service (NWS) currently forecasts record flood events on the Brazos River. The NWS forecast for the Brazos River at Richmond projects a river levels of 56.1 feet, a projection nearly two feet above above the 2016 record. At this level, our levees should continue to provide protection, but FM 359 will again be impassable in areas.

Our operator EDP is out in our neighborhoods taking care of business and is in emergency operations.

For an up-to-date lists of road closures and traffic issues, please visit the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management’s Road Closures page. Do not assume that your route will be clear and do not return home until officials say it is safe.

Sunday, August 27th Update

Emergency operations are asking people to stay indoors unless you need to get out for emergency purposes. Our operator is out throughout the neighborhood working very hard to keep our systems operating. Our crews are addressing emergency situations such as line breaks and drainage systems. Our water system continues to operate safely. Our storm water pump stations are operational. Rest assured that our water is safe.

PGMUD Park Closing Tonight

The park will be closing this evening at 5 pm, August 22nd for continued gate repairs and maintenance.  The park will reopen tomorrow morning at 8 am.  You may access the park by foot but no cars will be able to gain access. We are sorry for any inconvenience. For any questions, please call Park Management at 832-818-5600.

PGMUD Board of Directors

Drainage Improvements Project Construction Update

Residents of Pecan Grove MUD,

Because of weather and other delays outside the District’s control, construction activities for the drainage improvements project continue along Plantation Drive. This construction will continue along the road for the next couple of weeks while school is starting. To ensure children can adequately walk to school, the Directors have instructed the Contractor to put a stabilized walking area along the roadway where sidewalks have been removed.

The Directors also have asked the Contractor to cease construction activity during the hours of the drop-off and pick up times of the day. The Contractor and representatives of the District will be on site watching the activity to ensure the safety of the children is maintained.

If you have any concerns or questions feel free to contact an engineer for the District (Grady Turner) at (713)777-5337.

Changes to WCA Recycling Services

WCA is proud to be the trash provider for the residents of Pecan Grove. We would like to update the residents on some changes that have recently occurred in your neighborhood. WCA has delivered 48 gallon recycle carts as we have automated the route. Below is a list to assist you with the new process:

  1. Acceptable items that can be placed in the cart: paper, plastics (1 thru 5 & 7), cans and cardboard boxes.
  2. Carts need to be placed curbside by 7:00 a.m. within 2 feet of the curb, wheels facing away from the street and no obstructions near cart.
  3. The cart is clearly marked for recycle and if a resident places trash in the cart it will not be serviced.

We will no longer service the small blue bins, and the crew has been instructed to collect as they see them out on service days.

If you have any questions, comments, or complaints regarding your garbage or recycling services, contact WCA at (281) 368-8397, or visit the website at www.wcawaste.com.

As well, you may contact the Pecan Grove MUD Customer Service Office with comments or questions at (281) 238-5000.

Click here for a list of items that are acceptable for recycling.

Mosquito Spraying at Pitts Road Park

Beginning last weekend the MUD began spraying for mosquitoes at Pitts Road Park. We want to make everyone aware of the application and also cognizant of the contents of the spray.

The product being used is poison-free, safe around children and pets, and should last up to four weeks. As stated on the manufacturer’s website, “Product, except for preservatives, is all garlic juice. It is designed to be diluted in water and sprayed on plants, grass, shrubs, flowers, ornamentals, trees, vines and in any standing water in the area including water under porches and decks.”

As to the initial smell, it continues, “Product normally becomes odorless in less than an hour.”

The company, Garlic Research Labs, also notes that the product does not harm vegetation, nor does it change the taste of any food plants. As an added benefit, it should also repel armadillos, deer, field mice, yard fleas, ticks, and geese. It does not harm bees, butterflies, birds, cats, dogs, or other small animals.

If you have any questions, please notify the Pecan Grove MUD at (281) 238-5000.

Thank you.

Pecan Grove Municipal Water District

Water is Safe to Drink

The Fort Bend Sheriff’s Department recently posted a boiled water notice. Please note, THIS DOES NOT apply to Pecan Grove MUD. Our water is safe to drink, as usual.

Brazo River Update – June 5th 10:15 am

The Brazos river is at 52.13 and projected to continue to fall throughout the day, we think we’re finally starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel.

Throughout the day yesterday we had showers on and off which caused us to have to pump for a good majority of the day.

Levee is all still looking very good and we see no signs of any issues or problems throughout the district. We will continue our inspection to ensure the levee isn’t showing any signs of weakness in any areas. Once the the River level is around 48 feet on the Richmond gauge, we will back off frequency of inspection but continue emergency operations until water is off all gates and we have regained gravity flow.  According to the national weather service it could take the month of June to get through this event.

We commend our operator EDP and our engineers Jones & Carter for their extraordinary efforts to keep us safe and dry. Thank you to both of you and your employees.

Fort Bend County Forecasting Severe Weather

Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management
Posted June 3, 2016 8:02:59 AM CDT

Fort Bend County, TX – A flash flood warning is in effect for Ft. Bend County until this evening at 7 PM. Significant rainfall could increase inflows to already flood swollen rivers. Swift water, biological and physical hazards remain in inundated areas and many roadways still remain closed. 20% of the land in Ft. Bend County has experienced flood effects.

Water levels are expected to slowly recede and will remain high into next week. 350 local and state emergency responders remain in the county assisting the local jurisdiction and 730 rescues have occurred to date. No fatalities or serious injuries have been reported.

Levees are functioning as designed throughout the levee improvement districts.

Damage assessments and long term recovery efforts are being coordinated as water levels recede.

For the more information, please visit fbcoem.org website or call 281-342-6185.

Brazos River Update – June 2 at 8:10 am

The Brazos River is at gauge level 54.78 as of 4:15 this morning and has been holding around that level since yesterday evening. This level is 4.5 feet above previous recorded record. It’s projected to be at that level for another 12-24 hours, depending on the rain.

The Pecan Grove system is able to store and pump up to 12 inches of rain. Water internal to the levee is pumped to outside the levee. We have been working to control water along FM 359, which is pumped down and passable. FM 359 could see additional pounding and higher water levels with rainfall. Any water that rises in FM 359 will work its way to the Pecan Lakes pump system and be pumped out. The opening or closing of FM 359 and Highway 90A is under the control of TXDOT and Fort Bend County.

Please refer to the Fort Bend OEM website by clicking here for latest updates on closures or safety notices. The Pecan Grove team is working closely with OEM and looking at the bigger picture. Please avoid sightseeing and other potential hazardous activities, we need emergency personnel to have access to the area and its critical that they be given that courtesy.

Brazos River Update – June 1st 11:30 a.m.

The Brazos River Gage at Richmond continues to rise slightly, but appears to be close to leveling off. Water is against small portions of the levee, but the levee is performing and can perform as designed with several feet of additional flood water.
Pecan Grove continues to see water along FM 359 both inside and outside the levee. Emergency personnel are working to manage the water on FM 359. Please note that water on FM 359 will rise to a level where it eventually drains through storm sewer systems. Once in the storm sewer system it will be pumped outside the levee through our pump stations.

Harlem Road, FM 359 and numerous areas to the south are closed to access, but the north and east entries to Pecan Grove are still open. We strongly urge people to limit their movements in or out of Pecan Grove to allow emergency and flood fighting access. Also, please avoid all areas with ponding water.