Over the past 24 to 48 hours much of the Brazos River Watershed from Waco to Hempstead has received widespread rainfall between 2 to 4 inches is some isolated higher amounts. Downstream of Hempstead, the observed totals between 1 to 2 inches.
Based on the rain received, the WGRFC has updated their forecast for the Brazos River through Richmond. As of 8:48 AM this morning, the WGRFC has forecasted that the Brazos River could hit Gage Elevation 47.9 on Thursday morning. It is too early to really tell if 47.9 feet will be our peak so we encourage everyone to continue to monitor the forecasts by the WGRFC and visit the Fort Bend County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management website.
In addition to rising levels along the Brazos River we are also watching the potential for additional rainfall over the next 7 days. Based on the current long range forecast, we should get a break from the rain with sunny to partly cloudy skies through Monday. Starting late Monday or Tuesday we could see the rain return taking us through next weekend. The heaviest rainfall is currently shown to our east; however, we could see much of the Brazos River watershed receive another 2 to 4 inches over the next 7 days.