FORT BEND COUNTY PREPARING FOR FORECASTED RAIN

County Judge Fort Bend County, TX

Robert E. Hebert Fort Bend County Judge Phone (281) 341-8608 www.fortbendcountynews.info

For Immediate Release

Fort Bend County, TX – Local weather forecasts continue to indicate the possibility of significant rainfall within the Fort Bend County region through Saturday. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning until 7 PM this evening. Additional localized rainfall can impact local rivers already running well above historic flood levels. Current Brazos River crest forecasts indicate areas near Richmond and upstream have crested, but water continues to move downstream, and water levels downstream near Rosharon are expected to crest sometime near the end of the weekend.

Residents are reminded that flood waters are expected to recede slowly and will remain high into next week. All levees throughout Fort Bend County’s 20 levee improvement districts (LID) are intact and functioning as designed. State and local emergency personnel remain in the county assisting local jurisdictions with over 756 rescues to date. No fatalities or injuries have been reported.

Residents are urged not to drive or venture too close to flood waters due to potentially swift currents and exposure to waterborne bacteria and physical hazards such as flood debris and displaced wildlife including alligators and venomous snakes.

The Red Cross has established two shelters located at First Baptist Church in Richmond and Bible Fellowship Baptist Church in Brookshire. “The Red Cross is doing an outstanding job here in Fort Bend County.  They have organized shelters, and are providing water, hot meals and clean up kits to residents.  I am pleased with their efforts providing support to our displaced residents, “County Judge Bob Hebert said.  Displaced pets and livestock continue to be cared for by the SPCA, Texas Animal Health Commission, and Texas A&M University Veterinarian team.

Local county officials are discussing flood recovery efforts among local jurisdictions, consultants, and county LID and MUD districts. Topics to be discussed will include re-entry procedures, debris removal, environmental issues, and assessing structural integrity for all residential and commercial buildings.

For the most accurate and up to date information, please visit fbcoem.org website or call    281-342-6185.  Residents needing services provided by the Red Cross call 866-526-8300.

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