Brazos River Update – Brazos River in Action Stage and Rising – May 3, 9:00 PM

As of 8:15 PM on May 3, 2024, the Brazos River in Richmond is in Action Stage and is currently at Gage Elevation 35.89 feet and rising. According to the 7:30 PM forecast, the WGRFC anticipates the Brazos River reaching Gage Elevation 42.2 feet toward the middle of next week. As shown on the forecast, the WGRFC graphic does not necessarily represent the peak elevation at the Richmond Gage. Based on the upstream conditions, the Brazos River through Richmond could peak higher than this elevation. We will continue to watch for changes in the forecast especially with our rain chances over the weekend. Based on the forecasts, we could see additional rainfall occur Saturday evening through Sunday. The 7-Day Quantitative Precipitation Forecast (QPF) is showing the lower Brazos River Watershed receiving between 0.25 to 1 inch over the next 7 days. The heaviest rainfall could occur upstream of I-10 with the Waco and Lake Limestone area potentially receiving another to 2 to 3 inches.

Based on the current forecast, the District does not anticipate emergency operations; however, the District’s team is continuing to monitor conditions along the Brazos River and within the District and is ready to respond as needed. Please note, forecasts and conditions can change. Everyone is encouraged to stay weather aware by following their favorite local weather source, including the National Weather Service and the West Gulf River Forecast Center. If you have not ready done so, please remember to sign up for Emergency Updates from Fort Bend County.