January 3 – Increased Flood Risk

The area continues to be in a Flash Flood Watch until noon today.

NWS Houston/Galveston Flash Flood Watch Image (01/03/19 4:17 AM)

The unofficial rainfall totals for the Brazos River Watershed were between 1.5 and 3 inches of rainfall with a few isolated areas receiving as much as 3.5 inches. The heaviest rainfall did occur upstream of Hempstead; however, a few areas downstream of Hempstead received as much as 2.5 inches. Gages in Fort Bend County ranged from 1 inch (USGS Richmond Gage) to 2.2 inches (Ditch H and University in Sugar Land). The region is continuing to receive some additional rainfall this morning, but at this moment the forecasts appear to show only minor amounts between 0.1 to 0.3 inches. Overall our rain chances drop to less than 20% later today with sunny to partly cloudy skies starting this afternoon and running through the weekend.

NWS Houston/Galveston Houston Area Outlook Image (01/03/19 4:26 AM)

With much of the Watershed receiving between 2 to 3 inches of rainfall, we continue to monitor the conditions of the Brazos River. This morning’s forecast is continuing to show Hempstead peaking around Gage Elevation 52.4 Sunday Evening. The 8:05 AM WGRFC forecast shows Richmond reaching a minimum Gage Elevation of 43.7 feet, which is the current limits of the published forecast. As water travels through Hempstead into Fort Bend County, we could continue to see the Richmond forecast shift.

WGRFC 8:05 AM Forecast for the Brazos River in Richmond

Please continue to follow the official forecasts by the West Gulf River Forecast Center (WGRFC) and notices from the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management for more information as things develop.

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