County Judge orders voluntary evacuation for most of Riverstone; Mandatory evacuation for parts of Riverstone neighborhoods near Highway 6 in Missouri City.
FORT BEND COUNTY ORDERS VOLUNTARY EVACUATION OF RIVERSTONE
The Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert has order a voluntary evacuation of Riverstone. Fort Bend County OEM . Please note that parts of Riverstone are under a mandatory evacuation order.
Residents are encouraged to heed this evacuation order. Please take the time to plan your route based on the latest information on road closures. Please visit Houston Transtar, TxDOT and Fort Bend County all of which have information on road closures.
If you decide to evacuate you should do so on Monday, prior the river reaching peak levels on Tuesday.
For Immediate Release
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Riverstone Levee System
Fort Bend Levee Improvement District No. 15
Fort Bend Levee Improvement District No. 19
BRAZOS RIVER PROJECTED TO CREST MONDAY AT RECORD LEVELS
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the Brazos River in Fort Bend County is expected to crest (i.e., reach its highest point during this event) on Monday evening August 28, 2017. The NWS forecast for the Brazos River at Richmond projects a crest at 56.1 feet, which projection would exceed the 2016 record of 54.7 feet. The current projection would put the river approximately 3 feet below the top of the Districts’ levees. This projection may increase or decrease based on the amount of rain that falls in the river basin over the next several days. River level projections are regularly updated by the NWS, and the Districts will monitor those projections for changes. The Districts will provide further updates if conditions materially change during the remainder of the week. You can keep up with the latest river projections at Brazos River Richmond Gauge.
THE TOP OF THE RIVERSTONE LEVEE SYSTEM EQUATES TO APPROXIMATELY 59 FEET AT THE RICHMOND GAUGE.
At this time, there is no evacuation order for Riverstone. Fort Bend County may order voluntary or mandatory evacuation for our residents based on changes in the river projections. Please monitor Fort Bend County’s EOM site for evacuation notifications. Fort Bend Office of Emergency Management
This river and rain event are expected to test the limits of the Districts levee and drainage systems. This is a serious situation and will require your continued vigilance through the remainder of the week.
Please note that many roads in Fort Bend County may be impassable at river levels below these amounts, so plan accordingly.
While the River is elevated, residents within Riverstone should anticipate higher than normal water levels in the ponds and channels, as additional rain is anticipated for the remainder of this week. Ponding water in the streets within Riverstone should also be anticipated and is normal part of the flood protection system inside the levee.