Fort Bend Vaccine Pre-Registration Information

Dear Fort Bend County Neighbors,

Fort Bend County encourages all of our eligible constituents to pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine. Although distribution has not begun, over 1,300 residents have already pre-registered at www.fbchealth.org. Please share this information with your friends, family, and communities! We hope to fight this pandemic and provide continuous support to our county as we start off the New Year.

Weekly Brazos River Outlook

The Brazos River in Richmond is currently at Gage Elevation 25.36 and falling. The initial rise was due to the lower Brazos River Watershed receiving between 2 to 5 inches on December 30 and 31. We should see the Brazos River in Richmond fall out of Action Stage by the middle of this week. Based on the 7-day extended forecast, no flooding along the Brazos River through Fort Bend County is anticipated.

This Week

2021 has started with cooler with no rain since heavy rainfall fell to end 2020. We should continue to see sunny to mostly sunny skies this week giving the area additional time to dry before additional rain moves through ahead of the next cold front. High temperatures for the majority of the week will be in the mid to upper 60s before the cold front moves through bring highs to the upper 50s. Lows will be in the upper 30s to low 50s through the end of the week. Our highest chances for rain this week will be Wednesday and then again on Sunday as 2 cold fronts push through the region. Over the next 7 days, the lower Brazos River watershed, including Fort Bend County, could see less than 1.5 inches of rain.

Weekly Brazos River Outlook

The Brazos River in Richmond is currently at Gage Elevation 9.36 and slightly continuing to fall from rainfall Richmond received on Sunday. Based on the 7-day extended forecast, no flooding along the Brazos River through Fort Bend County is anticipated.

This Week

Sunday brought cooler weather with the Richmond area seeing between 1 to 3 inches since Sunday morning. The cooler weather will remain through the week with a mixture of sunny to partly cloudy skies. High temperatures for the majority of the week will be in the mid to upper 50s with lows in the low to upper 30s. We will see warmer temperatures into the weekend. Over the next 7 days, the lower Brazos River watershed, including Fort Bend County, could see less than ½ inch of rain.

Reservoir Status

Weekly Brazos River Outlook

The Brazos River in Richmond is currently at Gage Elevation 9.47 and falling. Based on the 7-day extended forecast, no flooding along the Brazos River through Fort Bend County is anticipated.

This Week

This week will be warmer than the last few days with sunny to mostly sunny skies for most of the week. Our temperatures for the remainder of the week should consist of highs in the low/mid-70 with lows in the mid-40s to low 60s. Overall, the lower Brazos River Watershed, including Fort Bend County could see less than ½ inch of rainfall over the next 7 days.

Reservoir Status

Weekly Brazos River Outlook

The Brazos River in Richmond is currently at Gage Elevation 10.79 and falling. The Brazos River peaked on Sunday morning after the lower portions of the watershed received between 3 to 6 inches over the weekend. Based on the 7-day extended forecast, no flooding along the Brazos River through Fort Bend County is anticipated.

This Week

After a wet weekend, this week should clear up with the return of sunny, but cooler conditions. A cold front has caused the NWS to place Fort Bend County and the surrounding area in a Freeze warning from midnight tonight through 8 AM Tuesday Morning.

After the initial cold weather today and tomorrow, our temperatures for the remainder of the week should consist of highs in the low/mid-50s to the mid-60s with lows in the upper 30s to low 40s. We do have another cold front moving through the region on Wednesday which is bringing higher rain chances Tuesday afternoon/evening into Wednesday afternoon. Overall, the lower Brazos River Watershed, including Fort Bend County could see between ½ to 1 inch of rainfall over the next 7 days.

Reservoir Status

Weekly Brazos River Outlook

The Brazos River in Richmond is currently at Gage Elevation 8.94. Based on the 7-day extended forecast, no flooding along the Brazos River through Fort Bend County is anticipated.

This Week

This week will start with similar dry conditions; however, the NWS Forecast includes wet conditions the second half of the week with heavy rainfall possible Friday and Saturday. High temperatures over the next 5 days will be as high as the low 80s with low temperatures in the low 50s to low 60s. Over the next 7 days, the lower Brazos River Watershed, including Fort Bend County, could receive 1 to 3 inches.

Reservoir Status

Weekly Brazos River Outlook

The Brazos River in Richmond is currently at Gage Elevation 8.73. Based on the 7-day extended forecast, no flooding along the Brazos River through Fort Bend County is anticipated.

This Week

This week should continue to consist of sunny to partly cloudy skies with highs in the mid to upper 70s into the low 80s and lows in the upper 40s to mid-60s. Our rain chances remain low over the next 7 days with our highest chances for rain closer into the weekend. Based on the current 7-Day Quantitative Precipitation Forecast (QPF), the Lower Brazos Watershed, including Fort Bend County, could see less than a ¼ inch of rain over the next 7 days.

Tropical Activity

The National Hurricane Center is tracking Hurricane Iota and Tropical Disturbance both located east of Central America. The National Hurricane Center does not expect either of these systems to impact the Texas Coast.

Reservoir Status

Proposed Storm Water Pump Station

The Board of Directors for Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 46 (the “District”) has authorized the design of a storm water pump station facility to provide additional flood protection for residents of the District.  The District previously sold infrastructure bonds for the project in 2018, and the project is not anticipated to increase the District’s tax rate.

The proposed pump station will be located at the existing District drainage outfall structure south of Bethany Bay Drive and generally just northeast of the Elkins High School campus. See the site layout that has been provided.

Over the past several years, the District has experienced numerous high water events on the Brazos River and has had to bring in temporary pumps to evacuate accumulated rainfall from the District because of restricted gravity outfall during these Brazos River events.  The District engaged a study to determine the size of the pump station to minimize risk to residents of structural flooding in the District.  The proposed 29,000 gallon per minute pump station will only be in operation when gravity outfall is restricted.  The pump station will normally be operated on electrical power but the District is also including an emergency backup generator so that the pump station is still operational during electrical outages.  Construction of the pump station should begin Q1 2021 and is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2021.