Brazos River Update – Brazos River in Minor Flood Stage / Heavy Rain Possible Sunday into Monday – May 11, 2:30 PM

As of 1:15 PM on May 11, 2024, the Brazos River in Richmond is in Minor Flood Stage and is currently at Gage Elevation 45.63 feet. Based on the gage data, the Brazos River through Richmond appears to be cresting. According to the 1: 29 PM forecast, the Brazos River through Richmond should fall below Minor Flood Stage on Sunday. How quickly the Brazos River falls will depend on the amount of rain received over the next 48 hours. Below is a summary of the gages from Hempstead downstream.

The NWS continues to show heavy rainfall potential for the lower Brazos River Watershed and the Region from Sunday into Monday. During that time, the Lower Brazos River watershed could receive rainfall amounts of 2-3 inches with isolated higher amounts in localized areas. Based on the forecast, the heaviest rain continues to be located upstream of I-10. After Sunday/Monday, the region should see a short break from rain on Tuesday and Wednesday before additional rain potentially moves through the region toward the middle to end of next week. The Quantitative Precipitation Forecast (QPF) is showing the lower Brazos River Watershed receiving between 1 to 3 inches of rain over the next 7 days. Based on the current forecast, no major flooding due to the Brazos River through Fort Bend County is anticipated; however, low laying areas could be impacted and drainage facilities could take longer to drain out than usual.

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.

Based on the rainfall potential, the District personnel is continuing to monitor forecasts and is ready to activate as needed. This is the first rainfall event since the construction of the District’s stormwater pump station which was completed earlier this year. Pumping may not be required; however, pump operations are possible. Please note that activity around the pump station is normal during this time when the Brazos River is elevated and rain is in the forecast. The District understands residents could be curious about the operation of the pump station; however, the District asks all residents to keep out of the District’s pump station. Please allow the operations team to focus on flood fighting. If residents have any concerns or questions, please contact the District at