Emergency Operations Update

Posted: May 19, 2021  |  2 min read

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

The Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 7 (FBCLID 7) Board of Directors would like to provide an update to residents in advance of anticipated heavy rainfall later this week and weekend.

The Brazos River is forecasted to crest at 34.9 feet at the Richmond Gage on Saturday, May 22. At this elevation, the FBCLID 7 flood gates begin to close and drainage inside the levee is restricted. The FBCLID 7 pump stations and portable pumps have been tested, and operators are on stand-by to run the pumps, if needed. The District is forecasted to receive 6-8 inches of rain through Thursday, with isolated areas in the region potentially receiving 10-12 inches. However, most of the forecasted rain will have time to drain out of the levee before any pumping is required. The latest Brazos River Forecast from the National Weather Service is included below.

chart showing projected water level in brazos river at 34.9ft 8am Saturday May 22nd

As New Territory residents are aware, during any heavy rain event there may be street ponding or flooding if the storm drains are overwhelmed and back up. As rainfall decreases, the storm sewers will catch up, and any water in the streets will recede. Please do not drive into high water under any circumstances.

The Board will continue to update the website as the situation develops, and if there is any change to the information above during the event.