The Brazos River in Richmond is currently at Gage Elevation 16.34 feet and rising due to last week’s rainfall working its way down from the upper portions of the Watershed. Hempstead peaked on Sunday and San Felipe is currently at or near its forecasted peak. The Brazos River through Richmond is anticipate to peak around Gage 17.7 feet on Tuesday morning. Based on the 7-day extended forecast, no flooding along the Brazos River through Fort Bend County is anticipated.
Most of the region woke up to a round of heavy showers with some areas seeing 1 to 2+ inches from 3 AM to about 8 AM this morning. Some of the highest amounts were in Fort Bend County in the Sugar Land area.
Now that the majority of the showers have moved out of the region, the remainder of the week should include mostly Sunny weather that should last through the weekend. High temperatures through Tuesday should hit the low to mid-70s before the cold front pushes through on Wednesday. The dry cold front will send highs into the mid-50s to low 60s with a chance of freezing temperatures in portions of the region Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
After the brief cold, highs will return to the low 60s to low 70s from Thursday through the weekend.
After today, rain chances drop to below 10% for the next 5 to 7 days. Based on the forecasts, most of the lower Brazos River Watershed, including Fort Bend County, should see less than a 1/4 inch over the next 7 days.
Even though our risk of Flooding can occur any time of the year, we are less than 100 days away from the start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. Flood insurance policies can take up to 30 days to go into effective, so now is as good as any time to start your preparations. We never know when the next flood will occur so plan ahead. For more information, please visit NWS Flood Safety, Ready.gov, and FloodSmart.gov.
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