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Fort Bend County
Office of Emergency Management

Water over Roadway in Tierra Grande

Potential for worse flooding this weekend

Posted May 30, 2014 11:31:13 AM CDT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Richmond, TX - There's blue skies above right now, but residents of the Tierra Grande subdivision west of Needville Texas are seeing murky water; that is, whenever they try to leave their subdivision. Water flowing to the San Bernard River is flowing over the road leading into the neighborhood, and with a forecast of potential severe weather this weekend, the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management is monitoring the situation and doing what we can to keep the neighbors informed.

"I drove down there personally to take a look," says Alan Spears, Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator for Fort Bend County, "there's already a lot of water flowing over that road." Yesterday, the road was passable. The Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management printed 150 copies of an informational flyer for the residents of Tierra Grande and a Sheriff's Deputy from the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office delivered them door-to-door. They flyers informed residents of the potential need to evacuate and suggested useful items to have in an evacuation plan and a kit. "We honestly did not expect they may need that information so soon, but we're glad we got the information out to them" adds Spears.

Water over the Roadway at Tierra Grande

Video of the flooding has been posted to the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management's YouTube channel.

Jeff Braun, Emergency Management Coordinator for Fort Bend County adds, "This is a good time to remind the public, as well as the residents of Tierra Grande, of the dangers of water over roadways. You cannot see under the water, and do not know what is underneath. As is the case in Kendleton Texas earlier this week, whole roads can easily wash away, and road surface you drove on yesterday may not be there today." Further "Very little moving water can wash away even the heaviest vehicles. Six-inches of moving water can wash away most modern passenger Sport Utility Vehicles. You won't just be stuck; you may be washed away if you try to cross moving water."

Working with the National Weather Service, the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management realizes there may be more severe weather this weekend. More rain could fall at a rate of up to 2.5 inches per hour:

Thankfully we saw a break in the weather yesterday, but guidance suggests flash flooding is a possibility should we get rainfall rates around 2.5"/hour.

That amount of rainfall on the Fort Bend County area, in addition to rainfall upstream, could make our river situation even worse.

Residents can get more information about rivers in Fort Bend on the County OEM River Page on the FBC OEM website, as well as flood safety information. Remember to "Turn Around, Don't Drown."

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Fort Bend County is located in the Texas Southeast, immediately South and West of Harris County and the city of Houston. It is the home of over 600,000 people and is one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. For more information about Fort Bend County, visit the county homepage at http://www.fortbendcountytx.gov.

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) was established to protect the residents and property of Fort Bend County from damage relating to disasters. The OEM accomplishes this through effective planning, preparation, response, and recovery. For more information about the Fort Bend County OEM, visit the OEM homepage at http://www.fbcoem.org.

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