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 Information

The Brazos River rises and falls due to the amount of rainfall upstream of the District within the Brazos River watershed.  When significant rainfall occurs upstream, the National Weather Service will issue forecasts for the Brazos River to alert residents of anticipated conditions so that informed decisions can be made related to potential impacts from rising water. The nearest river gauge and forecast site is the Brazos River at Richmond, at the US 90A bridge, approximately 8.8 miles upriver from the I-69/US 59 crossing. The forecast estimates the level of the river at the gauge, the level provided is in gauge feet (not feet above sea level).  To convert gauge feet to sea level add 27.02’.  Because LID 17 is downstream from the gauge, the water level in the Brazos River will be lower than at the gauge, generally about 6-7’.  The Districts’ consultants monitor the river levels and forecasts.  When necessary, the District responds, per the Emergency Action Plan, with required activities to protect the District and properties therein from potential harm.  For reference;

  • A gauge elevation at the Richmond gauge of 37 would correlate to gravity outfall being restricted at Pump Station 2 (south of UH) such that pumping operations might be required if there is rainfall within the District.
  • A gauge elevation at the Richmond gauge of 43 would correlate to gravity outfall being restricted at Pump Station 1 (north of I-69/US59) and pumping operations might be required if there is rainfall within the District.
  • On September 1, 2017, following Hurricane Harvey the Brazos River crested at a high of 55.19’

For additional information regarding current Brazos River levels, you may visit the following websites;

Tax Notice

The District has levied its 2018 property taxes. The Board is pleased to announce it was able to keep the rate constant at $0.57 per $100 of assessed valuation. We are delighted to not have increased the tax rate this tax year.