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.

Freeze Protection Suggestions

With the temperature over the weekend beginning February 12 and into early next week expected to reach record lows, we would like to remind everyone to take the time to inspect and insulate their household water lines.

Below we have a diagram and instructions on how best to prevent damage to your irrigation system and back flow preventer.

Protect Your Backflow Preventer

Step 1:  Turn off the shut-off valve

On most residential backflow devices, there are two shut-off valves. These are typically covered in blue rubber and are located before and after the actual backflow device.

Step 2: Release the water pressure

Now that you have shut off the water valve, you must release the water that is in the device so that it doesn’t expand when it freezes and crack the device. With a flat head screwdriver, loosen the two bleeder valves (#3 and #4 as illustrated). The bleeder valves are usually located just under the plastic top of the backflow. Sometimes, they have rubber inserts you have to remove before you can see the flathead screw. When opening these, be aware that the water will spew out for a few seconds and your hands will get wet.  NOTE: If the water doesn’t stop spitting out after a couple minutes, you haven’t fully turned off the water in step 1.

Step 3: Leave the smaller bleeder valves open

This will allow the water to expand and freeze without being hindered and causing damage.

 Step 4: Insulate your Backflow

At almost all home improvements stores, they carry backflow preventer insulation materials.

Additionally, if your service line to your house is exposed to the air you should ensure that it is properly insulated. With an extended hard freeze a strong possibility the chance of an exposed service line freezing, cracking and then bursting when thawed is much higher. Taking these precautions now can save you time, money and a mess later.

Tropical Storm Beta

Tropical Storm Beta is predicted to make landfall near Matagorda Bay without strengthening to a hurricane. As shown in the forecasts, TS Beta is likely to make landfall on Tuesday. We don’t expect this to be a severe wind event but because the current forecast and models continue to show TS Beta to be a relatively slow-moving storm, and the forecasted landfall west of the Houston metro area, there is potential for local flash flooding and street flooding.

Pecan Grove’s utility company, EDP, has enacted their Emergency Preparedness Plan. They are checking all of our facilities to confirm backup generator and alarm system operation. Their team will be out working the event when conditions allow for safe outside movement. EDP customer service staff will be answering phones at their main office (281-238-5000). If the forecasted conditions worsen they have the ability for the customer service staff to take calls remotely.

Hurricane Laura Update

Due to the storm event and Waste Management closing their recycling center (for which they have no alternative), there will be no recycling service on Thursday, August 27. All other trash accumulations will be collected, i.e., household trash and bulk trash.

Your MUD District continues to monitor the conditions and changes in the forecast for Hurricane Laura.

We encourage everyone to stay informed by visiting your favorite local weather source, including the National Weather Service, the National Hurricane Center, and West Gulf River Forecast Center. If you have not ready done so, please remember to sign up for Emergency Updates from Fort Bend County.

Brazos River Forecast

Good morning, Pecan Grove. We have received 4.5” of rain on September 19th. The system is fully operational and working as designed to drain the channels and basins. The current weather forecast indicates that the region is expected to receive rain later this afternoon (September 20th) and we are prepared accordingly.

The included pictures show Bullhead Slough at the North Pump Station and Main Channel at the South Pump Station.

June 4, 2019 Severe Weather Update

Why is there a Flash Flood Watch tonight through Thursday morning? The US National Weather Service Houston-Galveston Texas issued the watch due to potential high rainfall RATES over the next couple days. We’re not expecting a high TOTAL amount of rainfall, but it’s hard to predict right now what areas will see rates as high as 2-3 inches per hour.

What does this mean for you? It sounds basic, but if it seems like it’s raining hard, it probably is. If you’re driving and get caught in the heavy rainfall, exercise extreme caution. If you’re driving when the rain moves in, get off the road and to a safe, high, place since flash flooding can occur on streets and low areas.

How can you prepare?

  • First: Today and tonight before it gets dark you can clear drains, ditches, gutters, and curbs of debris that can wash into drains and cause street flooding. Stay hydrated and be mosquito smart! If you have a yard crew coming today, tell them not to blow your yard waste into the road.
  • Second: Secure anything in your yard that could wash away if it rains hard on your property.
  • Third: Check the weather before you go, since the rain is hard to predict and can quickly overwhelm drainage systems. Plan around the storms if you can since flooded roads can stall your car leading to permanent or expensive damage to your vehicle.

Drainage and Rivers

Right now our rivers are high but well within their banks. Unless the situation changes dramatically, we are not expecting any river impacts at this time. If rain falls at 3 inches per hour, isolated areas may see drainage systems overwhelmed and see some flash flooding.

Sign up for Alerts

Did you know that you can subscribe for automatic alerts like this straight from the National Weather Service from our FBC Alert system? When you register for alerts you can select what types of weather alerts you’d like, from lightning strike warnings to hurricane warnings! You can even choose quiet times so we don’t alert you at 2:00 AM unless it’s a really serious threat.

Thursday Morning Update

Good morning, Pecan Grove.  We are continuing to pump the water out of our system from the rains two days ago.  The system is fully operational and working as designed to drain the channels and basins.  The current weather forecast indicates that the region is expected to receive significant rain over the next three days.  While we do not know where the heaviest rainfall will occur, we are preparing the District accordingly.

Once the trash service has come to your house, please remove your trash cans from the curb.  In the event of heavy rains and street ponding, this will prevent the trash cans from blocking street inlets and keep the water from entering the storm sewer system.

Please continue to monitor information coming from Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management and www.pecangrovemud.com.

Weather Update

Good morning, Pecan Grove. Overnight the rains started to let up and stop so the inlets and storm sewers were able to catch up with any water ponding on the streets and drain them into the channels and basins. Right now those systems are holding the water and we continue to pump the water out of the system. All water is contained within the channels and basins and we do not have any reports of remaining flooding.

The system is fully operational and working as designed to drain the channels and basins. The longer the rain can stay away, the better it will be for the drainage system.

The rest of the week still has potential for more rain and perhaps heavy storms. Please continue to monitor information coming from Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management and www.pecangrovemud.com.