At the September 27th board meeting, LID 19 Directors voted to maintain the District’s 2018 tax rate of 68 cents per $100 of assessed value for the 2019 tax year. The District is primarily responsible for overseeing storm drainage and maintaining the levee system that protects homes from rising water. The District also continues to implement projects that increase resilience against flooding . The unchanged tax rate of 68 cents will allow the District to continue to provide these services while also paying down the District’s debt. District residents are encouraged to stay tuned to www.fblid19.com for news in the District and follow the District Facebook page for updates.
As of 2:00 pm today, portions of the intersection of University Boulevard and LJ Parkway are temporarily impassable due to street flooding. The road conditions will change frequently, as the intensity of rainfall changes over time.
Fort Bend County LID No. 19 emergency response team is monitoring the Brazos River and local rainfall predictions of this event. As of 2:00 p.m. today, the accumulated rainfall in the LID area is approximately 2.8 inches in the past 24 hours with 2.5 inches falling in the past hour. NOAA predictions are for 2 to 3 more inches over the next 6 hours.
With Brazos River at approximately 12 feet, the District will remain in full gravity flow conditions. Gravity flow means that free drainage outfall to the Brazos River is available, and the LID’s drainage is not dependent on pumping.
Should intense cells fall over the area, isolated street ponding may occur, but should clear quickly after the rains ends. All usual precautions for heavy rainfall should be taken by residents, including avoiding travel by car if possible. Further postings will be made should the NOAA predictions change significantly.
Today, the National Hurricane Center upgraded the system coming up through the Gulf of Mexico to a Tropical Storm.
Despite the upgrade, our facilities are prepared to handle the amount of rainfall projected. Due to the amount of rain, we anticipate that we will have gravity outfall through the entirety of the storm.
The potential for heavy rains may create moments where the water coming into the sewer system is temporarily more than the system can take in. When this happens, you may see water with depth on the roads. This is called street ponding. If it happens, it will dissipate quickly as the rain slows. Please drive safely and do not drive into any high-water situations.
We do not anticipate this to be a high winds event, but the forecast is evolving so if you see downed trees from Step Bank Creek or Alcorn Bayou, new to this storm, please notify us through the website so we can make sure they are added to the list. These would be trees that could obstruct water flow, not trees in the neighborhood that may fall due to the heavy rains.
If there are changes to the forecast, we will update you through all channels.