Fort Bend County issues disaster declaration for flash flooding; more rainfall is on the way

Updated at 10:30 a.m. May 8

The Brazos River gauge in Richmond peaked at 46.68 feet around 6:15 a.m. May 8, according to the U.S. Geological Survey's measurements. Take a look at some area flooding, here.

Fort Bend ISD officials made the call around 6:45 a.m. to delay the start of school by two hours on May 8 due to high water conditions that had yet to clear in some neighborhoods. Since then, the district has decided to close five campuses for the day.

In Sugar Land, several streets in the First Colony, Sweetwater Estates and Settlers Park area are closed due to high water, according to the city's Intelligent Transportation System.

Fort Bend County Judge KP George posted to Facebook this morning that the county's Office of Emergency Management will continue monitoring the situation as more rainfall is expected throughout the week.

"Do not take this lightly," George said. "Please take the time to prepare and have a plan in place.“



Updated at 9:57 p.m. May 7

Fort Bend County Judge KP George has issued a disaster declaration for flash flooding and potential Brazos River flooding, according to a Facebook post shared just before 10 p.m. May 7.

The declaration authorizes the county to take certain response and recovery actions, and is the first step which can ultimately result in State or Federal declarations, the post states.

"Our residents need to understand that this is a serious threat," George said in the post. "This flash flooding tonight is contributing to the Brazos River levels, which still pose a threat later this week. We are not out of the woods yet."
Posted 9:12 p.m. May 7

Fort Bend County's Office of Emergency Management is standing by as flash flooding continues May 7.

According to a Facebook post, rainfall this afternoon exceeded the National Weather Service's expectations. The U.S. Geological Survey shows the Brazos River rain gauge in Richmond has measured 7.5 inches of rain since the rainfall began this afternoon.


Sugar Land Mayor Joe Zimmerman shared via Facebook Live after this evening's City Council meeting that the amount of rainfall has surpassed what the storm drains can handle, and all major roadways were impassable as of 8:10 p.m.



Missouri City has announced via Facebook that Lexington Boulevard from Bluestone to Brightwater along with the intersections of Cartwright and Murphy; Bluestone and Forest Leaf; and Lexington and FM 1092 have high water. Some portions of McLain Boulevard and Boulevard also have high water.



The flash flood warning has been extended to 11:15 p.m.

 
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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