The Brazos River in Richmond is currently at Gage Elevation 17.71. Based on the amount of rainfall that fell upstream of Hempstead, the WGRFC forecast shows the Brazos River through Fort Bend County rising into Action Stage on Wednesday, peaking around Gage Elevation 27.1 on Friday. Based on the 7-day extended forecast, no flooding along the Brazos River through Fort Bend County is anticipated.
The most severe weather from last week’s storms stayed north of our Region with portions of the upper Brazos River Watershed receiving between 1 to 3 inches of rain. For much of the lower Brazos River Watershed, south of Hempstead, last week ended sunny with minimal amounts of rain (less than ¼ inch).
Our dry, sunny weather will continue through the majority of this week with highs in the low to mid-70s and lows in the low to mid-50s. Although there is uncertainty in the forecast, our next highest chance for rain will be Friday through Sunday.
The current forecast shows the majority of the Brazos River Watershed, including Fort Bend County, seeing a ¼ inch or less of precipitation over the next 7 days.
Some of our most severe weather occurs outside of Hurricane Season during the months of April and May. Over the past 5 years, many structures were repeatedly hit with flooding in April/May 2015, April/May/June 2016 and May 2019. Flood Insurance is one of the best ways to protect yourself from these events. 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.