Overall we have seen minimal changes to the forecast for Richmond; however, over the weekend, we have seen the Hempstead forecast fall several feet. Currently, Hempstead is at Gage Elevation 47.2 with a forecasted crest of Gage Elevation 47.8 feet later today. The San Felipe Gage is currently at Gage Elevation 118.32 feet with a forecasted crest of Gage Elevation 119.3 feet occurring tomorrow around noon.
The Brazos River in Richmond is currently in Action Stage at Gage Elevation 44.01 feet and is predicted to hit Gage Elevation 45 on Wednesday morning.
Major flooding is still not anticipated; however, we continue to have the possibility for some additional inundation of some of our low lying areas as well as rises within the tributaries of the Brazos.
This morning’s 7 day forecast is calling for sunny to partly cloudy skies with increased rain chances on Friday. Based on the current forecast, the estimated rainfall total is between 0.5 and 1.0 inches of rainfall with portions of the watershed upstream of Hempstead potentially receiving 1 to 2 inches of rainfall. The majority of this additional rainfall for Fort Bend County is on Friday when the Brazos River could be at or above Gage Elevation 42 in Richmond.
Please continue to follow the official forecasts by the West Gulf River Forecast Center (WGRFC), the NWS Houston-Galveston Office, and notices from the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management for more information.