The Brazos River through Hempstead and Richmond to Enter Action Stage

Heavy rain fell over portions of the Upper Brazos River Watershed which will cause the Brazos River from Hempstead to Richmond to enter Action Stage. In total, areas upstream of Bryan/College Station received 6 to almost 9 inches of rain over the past 72 hours.

Screenshot from Texas Mesonet 72-Hour Precipitation (09/04/2020)

Based on the amount of rainfall received, the WGRFC has issued updated forecasts for several gages within the Brazos River Watershed, including the Navasota River. Portions of the Navasota River could see minor flooding, but good news is that the current forecast only has the Brazos River through Richmond and Hempstead reaching Action Stage. Hempstead is anticipated to reach Gage Elevation 27.4 on Sunday night into Monday morning. Richmond is anticipated to reach Gage Elevation 25 on Monday night into Tuesday morning. This will be highest we have seen since June 1 and only 4th time in 2020 we have been above Gage Elevation 20. These levels will not cause flooding in the Lower Brazos River Watershed.

We are watching for the possibility of a cold front to move through next week, but rain chances remain low over the next week with our highest chances currently set for Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Overall, the Lower Brazos River Watershed, including Fort Bend County, could see less than 1 inch of rainfall over the next 7 Days. This should hopefully allow the Brazos to rise and recede over the next week.

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