Fort Bend Flood Focus Now on the San Bernard River as Brazos holds Steady

The level of the Brazos River increased by 12 inches in 24 hours between Thursday and Friday. This is the Brazos River near downtown Richmond. Covering Fort Bend photo

RICHMOND (Covering Fort Bend News) – Fort Bend County Emergency Management and Flood Control District leaders are now focusing on San Bernard River as the most likely place where the county could see flooding.

“We are closely monitoring the San Bernard River on our western boundary particularly at the south end of the county,” said Mark Vogler of the Fort Bend County Drainage District during a 2 p.m. news conference Friday.  “The current forecast calls for it to rise into a major flood stage later today (Friday) so we will be alerting our residents that live in those areas,” he added.

Until today the focus has been on the Brazos River as the most likely spot where there could be problems, but it appears that floodwaters will stay within its banks.

“The Brazos River around Richmond has risen around a foot over the last 24-hours according to Vogler. “The latest forecast shows little rise but the river will remain at an elevated level over the next week,” he added.

“We dodged a bullet,” said Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers, but he added, “that could change.”

Meyers says things could change if the county sees any significant rainfall next week but so far things are better than what was expected. He also noted that First Colony in Sugar Land was already hard hit with street flooding during storms earlier in the week, but he was pleased things did not get worse overnight.

“We saw 2 to 5 inches of rainfall overnight countywide. This rainfall caused additional rises in our creeks and bayous but conditions are manageable, Vogler said.  “The Brazos River at Rosharon has risen to a major flood stage at 51.3 feet. Similar to Richmond, the forecast shows little rise but the elevated conditions will last for the foreseeable future.”

The Barker Reservoir watershed also received significant rainfall overnight.

“The current US Army Corps of Engineers forecast calls for peak elevation of approximately 90 feet above sea level on May 17 which will be fully contained within the reservoir,” Vogler told reporters.