Rosenberg officials issued a voluntary evacuation the afternoon of Monday, April 18, for areas identified as potential-impact in the City limits as a precautionary measure in response to rising waters in and around the Brazos River. Public safety officers will canvass the areas identified as most threatened by the possibility of flooding to alert residents to take precautions in order to safeguard themselves and their property against the possibility of flood or mandatory evacuation.
The City of Rosenberg is actively monitoring river levels, and implementing plans as the situation warrants. Residents are urged to stay aware of the situation and follow local media coverage.
Water is receding and the rains have tapered, but barricades are still in place at areas that represent higher water level threats. The Brazos River is currently projected to reach around 49.5 feet at approximately 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, which is very similar to the conditions during last year’s Memorial Day floods. During that time, water did not make it into homes, but there were several road closures and voluntary evacuations were in place. The margin of error for flood water predictions is currently between 46 feet and 52 feet.
Rosenberg has established an informational page related to the potential event, and encourages residents to monitor this site, as well as the Fort Bend County OEM site for continuing information on this event.
Residents are reminded to never enter areas underwater, whether barricaded or not, and to heed caution when around flood waters. In addition to resources available through the FBCOEM site, general flood preparation resources are available at http://www.ready.gov/floods, where it is suggested that individuals concerned about flooding take safety measures, including:
- Securing your home or property by moving important items to higher ground and bringing in outdoor furniture or belongings
- Creating an emergency kit with essential supplies
- Remaining especially aware of areas that are prone to flooding and high water levels
- Not walking or driving in flooded or flooding areas