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.