Severe Weather Update 5/8/2019

The past 24-hours produced significant rainfall across the Houston region. Additional rainfall is expected through the remainder of this week, as detailed below. The SPLID levee and drainage system is currently in normal flood operations.

The Brazos River is projected to crest 9-12 feet below the top of the SPLID levees.

We will continue to update this website as more information becomes available. For the latest in area weather information, please visit the Fort Bend Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management website.

Tuesday Summary

On Tuesday, we experienced significant rainfall rates in the Rosenberg to Sugar Land area through central Fort Bend County. In the Rosenberg area, one CoCoRaHS observer recorded 11.72 inches over a 6 hour period. In Sugar Land, the Fort Bend LID 2 Ditch H at Ditch A structure recorded approximately 10.64 inches within a 6 hour period. Many personal weather stations made similar observations showing that a significant portion of central Fort Bend County averaged 8 to 10+ inches on Tuesday. According to preliminary rainfall information, areas within Fort Bend County experienced rainfall rates similar to what we experienced in Hurricane Harvey.

Remainder of the Week

We continue to have the threat for severe, heavy rainfall starting this afternoon and running through the weekend. The current forecasts are showing the most significant rainfall over the next 24 to 48 hours staying to our north, but our region could see another 1 to 2 inches through Thursday. Based on the current forecasts, our biggest threat for heavy rain could occur Thursday and run through Saturday. Overall, between now through Saturday our region has the potential for widespread rainfall amounts between 5 to 8 inches with isolated areas possibly seeing 9 to 12 inches.

Brazos River Forecast

Based on the rainfall received several streams in Fort Bend County experienced flash flooding conditions with rapid rises over a short period. The Brazos River in Hempstead was not impacted by Tuesday’s storms and peaked around Gauge 46.84 early this morning. San Felipe was also not impacted by this event and is forecasted to hit Gauge Elevation 119.6 tomorrow morning. The Brazos River in Richmond experienced a 3 foot rise during yesterday’s storm and the 8:39 AM forecast shows the Brazos River in Richmond staying elevated through Saturday morning with a peak near Gauge Elevation 47.2 feet.

With elevated levels and saturated soils, we recommend that everyone stay informed by visiting the Fort Bend Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management website and the National Weather Service Houston/Galveston for updates as things develop.

Camp Sienna

Camp Sienna will CLOSE IN FULL beginning the afternoon of Wednesday, May 8th due to the rising level of the Brazos River. At this time, there is no known timeline for the reopening of Camp Sienna.

2019 Tax Exemptions

At the March 6, 2018, Sienna Plantation Levee Improvement District meeting, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to exempt from ad valorem taxation for the 2019 tax year $25,000 of the appraised value of residence homesteads of individuals who are disabled or are sixty-five years of age or older. This is a $5,000 increase from the 2018 tax year exemption.