Upcoming Rains with Tropical Storm Nicholas

Tropical Storm Nicholas continues to track north towards the Texas coast with landfall likely to occur somewhere between Corpus Christi and Galveston Bay Monday evening. Some rain bands out ahead of Nicholas have already reached the Texas coast with an increasingly widespread area of rainfall expected to arrive as Nicholas inches closer to land later today.

Excessive Rainfall Outlook features a remarkable three straight days’ worth of Moderate Risks (level 3/4) for portions of the Texas coast and southern Louisiana. Localized totals of up to 20 inches of rain is possible across parts of the Texas and Louisiana coastlines through the mid-week, with widespread amounts between southern Texas and southwest Louisiana around 5 to 10 inches. Rainfall amounts of this magnitude will likely lead to areas of flash flooding that could be life-threatening where the heaviest totals and highest rainfall rates transpire.

The good news is that we’ve been very dry and the drainage and storm sewer system are empty.

Here are some ways that you can assist and encourage your system to drain as efficiently as possible:

  • Bring in any trash cans, bags or other items that could get caught in rising street water. These items can float and block the inlet preventing or restricting any water from entering the storm drains.
  • If you typically have a car parked in the street, consider pulling it up into your driveway as close to your house as possible, with the engine towards the house.  If unable to pull the car into the driveway, consider asking a neighbor to use any unoccupied space.
  • Be sure to monitor official announcements from Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service for official updates.

Odyssey and EDP are communicating regarding any needs for the District; however, EDP has your District in good shape and ready to handle this storm.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact EDP or Odyssey Engineering Group.

Highlights of Pecan Grove MUD Meeting – August 31, 2021

The regular monthly meeting of the Pecan Grove Municipal Utility District was held via teleconference on the evening of August 31, 2021.

PGVFD Report – August 2021

Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office – Monthly Contract Report – August 2021

Parks Report (Time and Season, Inc.)

Flags at the parks were lowered to half-staff to honor and remember the service personnel killed at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan.
The monument signs in the parks were power washed in August.

Operations Report (EDP) for July 2021

All water quality tests were found to be in compliance for the month of July. Repairs were carried out on the SWTP membrane system, WWTP sludge box winch and the WWTP thickener sludge pump. Bollards have been ordered for installation at the northeast corner of the levee. A tree growing in the levee between Pecan Grove and Harvest Green will be removed in September. Water wells 3, 4 and 5 were performance tested in July with all passing.

This month’s water bill message is:

Please conserve water. Check your sprinkler system. Water in the street indicates adjustments are needed in duration and/or sprinkler pattern. Water smart and save money in the process. Free toilet leak detection tablets are available at the customer service office.

Click here to view Projects Under Construction and Design.

Venomous Snake in Pecan Grove Park

Pecan Grove MUD has recently received reports of the presence of a venomous snake in the Pecan Grove Park off Pitts Road. Time and Season is monitoring the situation and following the guidance and regulations set by the Texas Parks Wildlife Department.

Alligator Sighting in Pecan Lakes Detention Pond

Pecan Grove MUD has recently received reports of the presence of an alligator in Pecan Lakes Detention Pond. Pecan Grove MUD is monitoring the situation and following the guidance and regulations set by the Texas Parks Wildlife Department.

Pecan Grove MUD requests that residents report any sightings of alligators to its operator, Environmental Development Partners, at (281) 238-5000. Please share this information with your neighbors and visit pecangroveud.com for more details about the District.

New Federal Flood Insurance Information

New FEMA Risk Rating 2.0 for Flood Insurance Premiums

Change Effective 10/1/21

Pecan Grove MUD residents,

A question that many residents have asked Pecan Grove MUD, is “Even though I live behind a levee, should I still buy flood insurance?” While each resident must make that decision for themselves, Pecan Grove MUD strongly recommends that every homeowner purchase flood insurance. Whether you have insurance already or are considering purchasing insurance, there is new information that you need to know.

Historically, FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, would determine the flood risk of property based on published Flood Insurance Rate Maps. The maps, or FIRMs, would show different flood factors and flood risk potential which they would use to set the rates of flood insurance. This methodology has not changed in over 50 years, but the change is coming, effective October 1, 2021.  FEMA’s new method called Risk Rating 2.0 utilizes newer technology available to assess the flood risk of a property.

Using Risk Rating 2.0, FEMA estimates that 14% of Texas residents with an existing flood insurance policy will see an immediate decrease in their flood insurance premium; 79% of Texas residents with an existing flood insurance policy will see an immediate increase in their flood insurance premium that could be as much as $120 per year; 3% of Texas residents with an existing flood insurance policy will see an immediate increase in their flood insurance premium of $120 to $140 per year; and 4% of Texas residents with an existing flood insurance policy will see an immediate increase in their flood insurance premium greater than $240 per year. These FEMA estimates are for the first effective year and are averages only.

We do not yet know how Risk Rating 2.0 will impact flood insurance prices in Pecan Grove MUD. We do not know which category of premium change will include the District or your home.  However, if you already have flood insurance, FEMA says you will be grandfathered into how fast your flood insurance premium can increase. Under current law, it is federally mandated that a flood insurance premium cannot increase by more than 18% per year and FEMA indicates that they will abide by this rule.

However, we cannot guarantee any specific information about FEMA’s program or how future increases will be applied.

As Board members, we encourage you to get flood insurance now. Contact your home insurance provider. Since a flood insurance policy takes 30 days to go into effect, you must purchase your policy by September 1, 2021, for your policy to become effective prior to the effective date of Risk Rating 2.0.

Additional information regarding Risk Rating 2.0 can be found at Risk Rating 2.0: Equity in Action | FEMA.gov. We encourage you to visit the FEMA website and/or talk to your insurance agent as soon as possible.