Katy may have ‘dodged a bullet’ but flooding could happen along the San Bernard River

The level of the Brazos River in Richmond increased by 12 inches in the past 24 hours. Covering Katy photo


RICHMOND (Covering Fort Bend News) – It rained and it poured but the Katy area and the rest of northern Fort Bend County survived a night that many people agree could have been a lot worse.

“We dodged a bullet,” said Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers, but “that could change,” he added.

Meyers says things could change if the county sees any significant rainfall next week, but so far things are better than what was expected.

“We saw 2 to 5 inches of rainfall overnight countywide. This rainfall caused additional rises in our creeks and bayous but conditions are manageable, said Mark Vogler of the Fort Bend County Drainage District during a Friday afternoon news conference in Richmond.

Until Friday, county leaders have been most concerned about the Brazos River flooding, but right now flooding is not a concern so long as there is not significant rain next week.

“The Brazos River around Richmond has risen around a foot over the last 24-hours according to Vogler. “The latest forecast shows little rise but the river will remain at an elevated level over the next week,” he added.

“The Brazos River at Rosharon has risen to a major flood stage at 51.3 feet. Similar to Richmond, the forecast shows little rise but the elevated conditions will last for the foreseeable future.”

The Barker Reservoir watershed, which backs up to unincorporated Katy, saw significant rainfall overnight but no flooding.

“The current US Army Corps of Engineers forecast calls for peak elevation of approximately 90 feet above sea level on May 17 which will be fully contained within the reservoir,” Vogler told reporters.

Now, Fort Bend County Emergency Management and Flood Control District leaders are focusing on San Bernard River as the most likely place where there could be flooding this weekend.

“We are closely monitoring the San Bernard River on our western boundary particularly at the south end of the county,” Vogler said. “The current forecast calls for it to rise into a major flood stage later today (Friday) so we will be alerting our residents that live in those areas,” he added.




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