FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Hurricane Harvey doused Fort Bend County in rains measured by the foot in some areas last week, flooding homes and causing the Brazos and San Bernard rivers to rise to record heights. This flooding, described as a 10,000-year rain event, overwhelmed drainage systems and flooded many neighborhoods across the county. Fort Bend County Judge Robert Hebert issued evacuation orders in many areas of the county in order to protect life and property, but the conditions have improved enough to warrant a cautious lifting of these orders for much of the county.
At the time of writing, the Barker Reservoir pool levels were still high enough to make re-entry to some neighborhoods unsafe, and the mandatory evacuation remains in place for some neighborhoods adjacent to the Barker Reservoir. Judge Hebert will be reviewing the conditions in this area on an ongoing basis to ensure that once it may be safe to enter an area, residents are allowed to do so.
Low-lying areas along the Brazos and San Bernard rivers remain under voluntary evacuation. Residents are encouraged to use extreme caution when entering these areas. Remember; ‘Turn Around, Don’t Drown.’
Although all evacuation orders affecting districts operating levees have been cancelled, those areas may still have hazards present such as flooded roads, fallen trees, displaced animals, and standing water. Residents should use extreme caution when returning to their homes.
“This flood has been difficult for everyone affected, and it has been especially difficult for those displaced from their homes,” Judge Hebert said. “We’re here with you and we are doing everything we can to help you get the care you need, get back into your home, and get assistance from FEMA. Remember, there are still hazards out there, so be careful and keep your family safe.”
If you live in a flood area adjacent to the Barker Reservoir and want to determine if your home is covered by one of the remaining evacuation orders, please visit the following site and type your home address into the interactive map: http://fbcoem.org/map-for-evacuation-zones-mapa-de-zonas-de-evacuacion/