To our neighbors in Simonton.
This is notice is intended to keep Simonton residents informed as to the status of the weather event that began in the early hours of April 18th, 2016.
Events and Status
Early this morning, (April 18, 2016), the Mayor deployed the Emergence response team and opened the Emergency Operations Center. City Council Members, Emergency Response Team Members, Road and Bridge officials, and many volunteers were active throughout the day. These people spent their time assessing various situations, planning the response, and coordinating associated emergency response activities with officials. The result of these efforts was to develop a plan to handle the current flood threat. This includes the rental acquisition of three 12″ pumps as well as one 8″ pump. If needed, the rental pumps are anticipated to be deployed in conjunction with the city’s own 8″ pumps, possibly as early as Tuesday am.
Immediate Issue of Concern: Tuesday Morning (04-19-16)
The city is concerned about the possibility of a rare “double crest” of the Brazos River that could lead to the threat of localized flooding. If National Weather Service predictions are correct, this could result in the Brazos River rising to a level at or near “bank full” some time early Tuesday morning, then receeding a bit over the next couple of days, and possibly cresting again later in the week. If this occurs, there is a risk of local flooding twice this week.
In an effort to deal with the threat, Fort Bend County Road and Bridge crews are on-site at this time (04-18-16) and will remain until the threat passes. If it becomes appropriate, they are prepared to lower the flood gates at the Fort Bend outfall ditch and subsequently deploy flood pumps to force water out of the Valley Lodge Subdivision.
Sandbags at City Hall
Volunteers have prepared a limited number of sandbags for Simonton residents. They are available at Simonton City Hall. We are asking people to take no more than three per doorway. This should help keep out water that may splash into your home when you open your doors.
Your Safety is Up to You
It goes without saying that each resident in Simonton is responsible for their own safety. If, at any time, you feel unsafe, you are advised to take your safety into your own hands and act accordingly. If you have an emergency situation, call 911. If you need assistance otherwise, you can call Simonton City Hall at 281-533-9809.
Bear in mind that our focus throughout the coming days will be on immediate emergency response issues. For that reason, if your call doesn’t receive an immediate answer, either call back, leave a message or simply drop by Simonton City Hall. We will do all we can to assist you if possible or direct you to the appropriate assistance.
Please continue to monitor this website for “Official” information from the City of Simonton.