City, county officials monitoring Brazos River levels as storms predicted in Fort Bend throughout the week

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The National Weather Service predicts showers and thunderstorms May 7-9 and potentially through the weekend in the Southeast Texas region. The storms could also produce tornadoes, strong winds, hail and street flooding.

"As you all know, we are going to have rain over the next several days," Fort Bend County Judge KP George said during Commissioners Court May 7. "Don't be panicked."

George said the county's Office of Emergency Management is activated at a readiness of Level 3, meaning officials are constantly monitoring the Brazos River and rainfall as it comes throughout the week. The OEM is also conducting regular drone outings to asses the situation and is working with homeland security to communicate with all county jurisdictions, George said.

"We want to make sure drainage districts, roads and bridges are ready just in case we need to activate pumps and things of that nature," he said.

In Sugar Land, city staff are also actively monitoring the Brazos River, according to the city's website. Based on weather predictions, flooding is not expected to occur in Sugar Land, according to the city.

Missouri City officials said the recent rainfall has caused numerous rivers, creeks and bayous—including the Brazos River and Oyster Creek—to remain elevated. This additional rain could contribute to the rapid rise in Oyster Creek in Missouri City and may leave a portion of the Edible Arbor Trail inaccessible, according to a release from the city from this afternoon.

Missouri City staff will be monitoring roadway conditions throughout the rain events.

Check city and county social media pages for the most up-to-date weather information, and visit traffic.houstontranstar.org to see where high water might be on the roads.
By Beth Marshall
Born and raised in Montgomery County, Beth Marshall graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in communication and a minor in business. Originally hired as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in 2016, she became editor of the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition in October 2017.


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