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.

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.

Hurricane Harvey Update

As of noon today, Harvey has been upgraded to a Category 1 Hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 85 MPH. As shown on the forecast, Harvey will continue to move in a northwesterly direction making landfall early Saturday morning. Harvey will continue to strengthen and is predicted to hit landfill as a Category 3 Hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 125 MPH.

The models continue to show significant rainfall projected for the Texas Coast and this has remained unchanged for the past 24 hours. Harvey could bring widespread rainfall of 10 to 15 inches with isolated peaks of 20 to 30 inches throughout the storm’s impacted areas. The actual rainfall totals will depend on how quickly the storm moves across the area.

EDP has enacted our Emergency Preparedness Plan. Your facilities have been checked and generator operations have been confirmed. Operators will be out working during the event with others on-call as needed.

EDP also has on-call staff available for our customer service office if the need arises to man the phones. To contact EDP, please call (281) 238-5000.

Harvey Update

The Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management has provided the following update regarding Tropical Depression Harvey.

Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management (FBC OEM) is monitoring Tropical Depression Harvey in the Gulf.  FBC OEM is currently at Level III (Increased Readiness).

Below is a summary from the latest National Weather Service information:

  • The remnants of Harvey are now a tropical depression and will most likely soon become a tropical storm
  • Harvey is forecast to be a strong tropical storm or weak hurricane
  • A Tropical Storm Watch was issued at 10am for several counties, including Fort Bend County
  • Harvey is forecast to make landfall on the mid Texas coast on Friday
  • There is the potential for the system to slow down after landfall and then move slowly east or northeast – this will impact our area
  • The earliest tropical storm force winds will impact our area is Thursday night but it more likely that we will begin experiencing these winds Friday morning
    • It is likely that we will experience tropical storm force winds throughout the weekend and into Monday
  • It should be noted that tornadoes are possible in the spiral bands mainly on the right side of the track – this includes our area
  • With landfall and then a slow track east and/or northeast means we could experience periods of heavy rain Friday through Monday
  • NWS thinks that coastal counties will get about 10-15 inches of rain with up to 20 inches of rain possible
    • Counties well inland will experience less
  • We will most likely begin to see rain from this system Friday afternoon
  • Flash flood watches will be likely in our area as we get closer to the event
  • It should be noted that there is still uncertainty in the track of the system, which will affect rainfall totals in our area – we hope to have a more refined forecast later this evening on in the morning.