Fort Bend County Judge Hebert gave a video update this morning, which is loaded to YouTube here: https://youtu.be/_cNnA2kFtVs
TRANSCRIPT – Judge Hebert river flooding video update
August 30, 2017 9:30AM
“Hello, this is Bob Hebert, Fort Bend County Judge, with an update on the flooding occurring in the county along the Brazos River. We have good news and a warning.
The weather service has lowered the forecast peak of the river to 56.0 from 57.5. The new forecast peak is 56 feet at the Richmond Bridge, occurring sometime early Friday morning. That’s the good news. And the best part of the good news is that 56 feet is the 100-year flood event in Fort Bend County.
The 100-year flood event is what our levees are designed to defend against. The new elevation is well within the design capabilities of our levees and I have no indication that any levee is having difficulty keeping the river out. I would anticipate that we have removed the risk of water flowing into or around the levees at 56 feet.
However, it is still a major flood in Fort Bend County and 56 feet would far exceed the current record, which was set in the Memorial Day floods of 2016.
At 56 feet many of the streets that normally have never seen water from the river will be impacted. This includes streets, for example, like Sienna Parkway, University Boulevard, and Plantation Drive. These streets and many more like them will be out of service while we’re at or near 56 feet.
The evacuation orders remain in place. Freedom of speech and social media can be a very dangerous weapon in an event like this. Folks who want to manage the news and their view of the future get out there and send messages that can be misleading. The evacuation orders can only be cancelled by order of this County Judge.
There is a procedure that I will go through to do that to assure not only is the land within the levee dry, that the river is no longer a threat but also that the access roads that we use to travel safely to and from are also dry and in service.
This may be a long process, so be patient. Stay where you are. If you are in low ground outside, or very near to a levee, you need to consider moving to a safer location. That levee was built to keep water out of the levee-protected community. At 56 feet many of the homes within the vicinity of levees that are not levee-protected are at risk of getting water in them.
With that information, I’m going to tell you that there are no silly questions right now. I don’t care if we hear the same question a thousand times. If it’s an issue to you and you need an answer you call us at 281-342-6185. We’ll get you an answer. You may have to hold awhile, but we’ve got more than a dozen operators working to handle calls. We’ll get to you as quickly as we can and we will give you an answer.
Take care of yourself. This flood isn’t over. Protect yourself and the ones you love. As I’ve said before, we can always rebuild a property, but we can’t replace a life.
God be with you. Thank you very much.”