Tropical Storm Harvey Update

Telfair residents, Please continue to follow tropical storm Harvey updates on the FBC OEM and City of Sugar Land OEM websites.

The LID 17 will post as it can but please understand our operators are extremely busy working in the field on emergency operations keeping us as dry as possible.

Our residents can be assured that the drainage system is working as designed. In this type of rain event over the last 48 hours, we expected to have higher than normal levels in our lakes. Our system is designed to first, fill up and overtop the lakes, then our streets are designed to take storm water before water gets into homes. Telfair received a significant amount of rain overnight and it will take some time for that water to be discharged into Ditch H (the big ditch that goes out to the Brazos River). The forecast appears to show a break this afternoon which will allow for the lakes to drain to Ditch H and potentially get back closer to normal levels.

We have storm water pump stations to pump water from within Telfair to outside the levee. As of now, our pump stations are in normal operations.

Further, our levee is designed to keep water from the Brazos River out of Telfair. For now, the River levels have not risen to flooding heights, but there are projections to rise to levels comparable to those in the May 2016 flood event. During that event, no water from the Brazos River breached our levee. We are continuing to work with Fort Bend County OEM to monitor the Brazos River levels. Please track the County’s website for updates on the River levels.

Please staying in your home during the rains unless you need to get out for an emergency. Roads are becoming impassable to cars as it continues to rain. When you venture out and your car gets stuck and need assistance, it dilutes the emergency manpower needed to deal with medical emergencies. Sugar Land police are out in Telfair now trying to tow cars. Our operator and emergency personnel need the streets for their flood fighting. Please stay off the streets except for emergency purposes.