The Brazos River in Richmond is currently at Gage Elevation 9.82 and slowly rising. Based on the 7-day extended forecast, the Brazos River is expected to reach Gage elevation 10.3; however, no flooding along the Brazos River is anticipated.
Northern portions of Texas did receive 3 to 6 inches of rainfall that caused minor river flooding. Locally, Fort Bend County and much of the lower Brazos River watershed received between 0.5 to 1.5 inches. We are experiencing a small rise in the Brazos River; however, our current levels remain lower than our historical averages for this time of the year. The good news is that this system did provide some much needed drought relief across east and central Texas; however, the Brazos River watershed reservoirs continue to be on average 1 to 5 feet below their normal conservation pool elevations.
After a cool weekend, much of our week will include warm, muggy weather. Today highs will hit in the upper 60s with the remainder of the week hitting the mid to upper 70s before our next cold front arrives the weekend.
With the warm, muggy weather, our rain chances throughout the week will remain between 20 to 40%. Rain accumulation amounts should remain less than 1.0 inches over the next 7 days for the majority of Fort Bend County and most of the lower Brazos River watershed.
Just 1 inch of water can cause $25,000 of damage to your home. If you do not currently have flood insurance, how prepared are you for an unexpected $25,000 expense to repair your home? We never know when the next flood will occur so plan ahead and start your preparations now. For more information, please visit NWS Flood Safety, Ready.gov, and FloodSmart.gov.