Brazos River Update – August 30 at Noon

Earlier today, the National Weather Service and Fort Bend County officials changed the expected crest level for the Brazos River in Richmond to 56 feet (gauge height), with the crest now expected to occur sometime on Thursday or early Friday. That is below the previous estimates of 59 feet and 57.5′.  If the river crests at the new revised projected level of 56 feet, that would constitute a 100-year flood event for the District. 

The District encourages you to continue monitoring the website of the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management for additional updates: http://fbcoem.org.

For Fort Bend County flood plain maps and related information, please visit:  http://www.fortbendcountytx.gov/index.aspx?page=337

Judge Hebert River Flooding Video Update Wednesday Morning August 30, 2017

Fort Bend County Judge Hebert gave a video update this morning, which is loaded to YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CwLD9ed6Tc

Our first priority is the safety of our residents and our employees

  • Please be prudent and don’t take risks that could threaten your safety or the safety of first responders who may have to rescue you.

Our focus today remains on:

  • Rescuing those who need immediate assistance and seeing to their safety
  • Preparing our county and our residents for possible challenges to come

The situation with rising flood waters remains dynamic.

  • We hit a dangerous peak during the flash flooding over the weekend
  • We are headed toward another dangerous peak now
  • The sun is shining today, but the water is rising and danger is near
  • It is critical that all residents pay close attention to the latest news

I want to be very clear about current evacuation orders

  • All evacuation orders remain in place
  • Evacuation orders will only be lifted by me
  • Evacuation orders will stand until it is safe for residents to return
  • Shelters are available for residents who need a place to stay

We will keep you informed

  • We are using Facebook, Twitter and our emergency management website to share latest information and answer questions

This incident will test our community for weeks to come

  • But we’ve been here before, and we have persevered – and we will persevere
  • We appreciate your support and ask for your continued patience
  • We will do our best to keep you informed as we work through the many challenging weeks that lay ahead.