Weather Update

The NWS has upgraded the low pressure system off the coast to Tropical Storm Imelda. TS Imelda has made landfall over Brazoria County and is forecast to move northward across the Houston metropolitan region over the course of the next few days and will bring moderate wind and significant rainfall to the area.

Your LID 17 team will continue to monitor the situation and respond as necessary should any issues arise.

For your part, please be mindful of the situation and exercise caution if you encounter heavy rainfall or ponding on the streets. As we observed in the May 7th rainfall event some streets, such as portions of Telfair Avenue, Westcott, Meadowcroft or Chatham Avenue, are more susceptible to ponding. Please avoids those areas to minimize your risks.

For up-to-date weather information, please visit the National Weather Service: NWS Forecast for Sugar Land, TX.

District Update – 5/8/19 at 9:30 PM

All pumps are operational at this time. We are working to lower internal water levels in the District in anticipation of potential rainfall in the forecast. The water level in the internal lakes north of US 59 is at approximately 65.8 msl and dropping. We anticipate reaching normal operating levels in this system overnight assuming no further rainfall. In the south system (south of US 59), the internal water level as of this evening was at approximately 65 msl and dropping. We anticipate that we will be at normal operating levels in the south system by Thursday morning. Both drainage systems are functioning as designed and internal water levels are continuing to drop. LMS has an operator on site at both pump stations and will continue to monitor the pumping.

Ditch “H” Sloughing Repairs

Residents in the Avalon at Telfair may have noticed some work in the big ditch (known as Ditch H). The Fort Bend Drainage District is repairing the side slopes of the ditch to fix some naturally occurring erosion. The ditch is close to the FBCLID 17 East Levee so we wanted to give our residents an update of the work.

Natural erosion of Ditch “H” seems to be caused by multiple sand layers within the side slopes of the ditch. When water levels rise in the ditch, the fine sands get saturated and are carried away when the water levels recede in the ditch creating voids that result in erosion or “sloughing” of the side slopes. The District has been watching the erosion because of its proximity to the bottom of the District’s levee.

Although this erosion repair project is being done by the Fort Bend Drainage District, our FBCLID 17 worked closely with the Drainage District on possible options for repair. We helped to prioritize this erosion repair project by purchasing the timber pile material used for the project. In return, the Drainage District provided the labor and equipment to install the timber piles and to re-establish the side slopes. This work will be ongoing for a while to protect the side slopes of Ditch H and reduce erosion into our levee.