Emergency Operations Update – May 8, 2019 at 10:30 AM

The following is a status update for Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 2 (FBCLID2) Emergency Operations. FBCLID 2 received 8-10 inches of rainfall inside the levee over the past 24 hours. Both pump stations are in operation and the pumps have been running at full capacity. The flood gates that protect FBCLID 2 from the Brazos River are closed. The water elevation of the FBCLID 2 drainage ditches inside the levee crested around 11:00 pm on Tuesday, May 7th at a level just under 66 feet. At this level, flooding of homes is possible in the lowest areas of FBCLID 2.

Before the rain started, the FBCLID 2 drainage ditches inside the levee were pumped down to the lowest possible level. Overnight and through the morning the Bill Little Pump Station dropped the water level inside the levee by approximately 9 inches. The Pump Stations will continue to run at full capacity until the water level has returned to the lowest possible level.

Street ponding will continue in the lowest parts of the District until the water elevation is lowered to approximately 63 feet. The impacted areas are generally along Austin Pkwy. near Settlers Way Blvd. and Williams Trace/Sweetwater Blvd. The street ponding in impacted areas is likely to continue throughout the day on Wednesday, May 8th. All streets in FBCLID 2 are forecasted to be passible by Thursday, May 9th if there is no additional rainfall.

The Brazos River is forecasted to crest on Friday, May 10th near FBCLID2. The forecasted water elevation in Ditch H created by the Brazos River will remain 2 feet below the bottom of the FBCLID2 levee. However, additional rainfall is still forecasted through the weekend and all rainfall runoff must be pumped out of the levee. FBCLID 2 will continue to operate the pump station at full capacity throughout the duration of this event.

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