Friday night the majority of the lower Brazos River watershed received between 1 to 2 inches of precipitation with a few isolated areas closer to 2.5 inches. Also Friday night, we saw the Hempstead Gage crest around Gage 40.1 ft. Based on the current forecast, we could see Hempstead stay above Gage 37 ft through Thursday morning. At the Richmond Gage we continue to watch the water rise. Currently the Richmond Gage is reading Gage 39.08 ft with a forecast of Gage 40.1 ft on Wednesday.
We should get a break from the rain for the next 24 hours or so; however, the extended 5 to 7 day forecast shows the potential for our region to see another 2+ inches by the end of the week. At this moment the heaviest rain should stay of the Texas Coast, but we will be watching for any additional rain that can cause an impact while the Brazos River is elevated.
The City and your Emergency Operations team is monitoring the situation very closely. We are sitting on conference calls with the Texas Department of Emergency Management, National Weather Service and Brazos River Authority as well as many other entities every day. We will keep you informed as we have new information to report.
You can find information for the gauges on the city website. Click Here
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