Fort Bend County, Texas – On Monday, May 6, 2019, a rain system moved over Fort Bend County, leading to Flash Flood Warnings as the Brazos River began to rise. On Tuesday, rainfall rates began to exceed forecast levels, so the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) moved to Readiness Level III (Increased Readiness), and issued a county Disaster Declaration in anticipation of continued heavy rainfall throughout the week. By Wednesday morning, flooding had occurred in low-lying areas of the county.
On Thursday, after monitoring weather conditions and river level projections, the County increased operations to Readiness Level II (Escalated Response Conditions). By Friday, May 10, over 12 inches of rain had fallen in Fort Bend County. Several roads and schools closed within the county. The Brazos River crested Friday near 48 feet, and the San Bernard River is still experiencing moderate flooding.
On Saturday afternoon, conditions had improved sufficiently to allow the Emergency Operations Center to return to Readiness Level III and demobilize additional resources in the Joint Information Center. Fort Bend County Homeland Security & Emergency Management staff will continue to monitor weather and river conditions throughout the weekend and keep county residents updated on any new developments.
If you have suffered any impacts from this storm system, see our page on Immediate Disaster Recovery on the Fort Bend County Homeland Security & Emergency Management website: https://fbcoem.org/recover/.