June 4, 2019 Severe Weather Update

Although the National Hurricane Center has reduced the development of Invest 91L to a 40% chance over the next 48 hours, this system will bring excess rainfall across the region over then next couple of days. Based on the conditions, the US National Weather Service Houston-Galveston Texas placed our region, including Fort Bend County, in a Flash Flood Watch from 1 AM Wednesday to 7 AM Thursday. The NWS issued the watch due to potential high rainfall RATES over the next couple days.

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.

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Brazos River Forecast Update – 5/6/2019 @ 10AM

Your LID 17 team has been monitoring the Brazos River levels, the past two weeks rain and forecasted rainfall for this week. Currently, the NWS estimates the Brazos River cresting at a gage elevation of approximately 47.4 on Friday May 10th. This is in the minor flood stage, below the moderate flood stage. Rain forecast for in the watershed north of us will be monitored by the NWS and updates may be issued.

The LID 17 team will continue to monitor the river and weather forecasts to maintain preparedness for situations that may arise and potentially impact our community.

Brazos River Forecast Update – 4/10/2019 @ 10AM

As anticipated, the NWS revised the earlier forecasts and now forecast the Brazos River cresting at a gage elevation of approximately 34.5 on Friday April 12th. This is 10 feet below minor flood stage. Rains forecast for the region on Saturday and Sunday are expected to be heaviest north and east of town, outside of the Brazos River basin.

The LID 17 team will continue to monitor the river and weather forecasts to maintain preparedness for situations that may arise and potentially impact our community.