Rosenberg officials issued a voluntary evacuation Thursday, June 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 canvassed 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 is also taking precautionary measures and closing parks and public spaces (City cemetery) along the River.
Recent heavy rains from Tropical Storm/Depression Bill have caused water levels to rise rapidly, and officials to urge caution for those living along the Brazos. According to US Geological Survey (USGS) data, at the Richmond river monitoring station, the River enters minor flood stage at 48 feet, moderate at 49 feet, and major at 50 feet.
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.
Rosenberg has established an informational page related to the potential event, and encourages residents to monitor river levels by regularly checking the National Weather Service’s hydrologic prediction service, and the Fort Bend County OEM site for continuing information.
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.