As you may be aware, local weather forecasts are currently projecting potentially significant rainfall in our region. The LID 6 Board and operational team are closely monitoring the weather. Recent models indicate the potential for anywhere from 3″ to as much as 12″ of total rainfall in the coming week, with potential bursts of intense rainfall in a short amount of time. Thankfully, Brazos River levels are currently low, and the ground is dry and should be able to absorb rainfall efficiently, at least initially.
All LID 6 drainage facilities are fully operational and max capacity to accept the incoming rainfall. Your levee management and operators are monitoring the situation very closely and will take appropriate actions to manage the situation to the best of our hardware capabilities.
We encourage all residents to monitor the local forecast and take appropriate precautions, such as moving any garbage cans and parked cars off of the street prior to projected rainfall, and to never drive into high water.
Should you buy flood insurance or not if you live in Del Webb, Veranda or Williams Ranch? That is a question that each homeowner must ask themselves. Whether you already have it or are considering it, there is something that you need to know.
FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is coming out with a new method of rating the flood risk of a property. Their original method was with a product called Flood Insurance Rate Maps. This methodology has not changed in over 50 years, but the change is coming, and it will go into effect October 1, 2021. This new method called Risk Rating 2.0 utilizes the latest technology available to assess the flood risk of a property.
With Risk Rating 2.0, FEMA estimates that 14% of Texas residents with an existing flood insurance policy will see an immediate decrease in their flood insurance premium; 79% of Texas residents with an existing flood insurance policy will see an immediate increase in their flood insurance premium that could range from $0 to $10 per month; 3% of Texas residents with an existing flood insurance policy will see an immediate increase in their flood insurance premium of $10 to $20 per month; and 4% of Texas residents with an existing flood insurance policy will see an immediate increase in their flood insurance premium greater than $20 per month.
We do not yet know how Risk Rating 2.0 will impact flood insurance prices in Fort Bend LID 6. We do not know which category of premium change will include us. However, if you already have flood insurance, you are grandfathered into how fast your flood insurance premium can increase. It is federally mandated that a flood insurance premium cannot increase by more than 18% per year. Therefore, we encourage you to get flood insurance. Just contact your home insurance provider. Since a flood insurance policy takes 30 days to go into effect, you must purchase your policy by September 1, 2021, for your policy to become effective prior to the effective date of Risk Rating 2.0.
Fort Bend Levee Improvement District No. 6 and Fort Bend County are planning on experiencing heavy rainfall over the next 24-48 hours. We are monitoring the situation and have personnel inspecting the drainage facilities. Please remove all trash cans from the street and check your outfall drains to make sure everything is clear. If you see significant street flooding, do not drive through it. Residents should monitor the Fort Bend County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management at https://fbcoem.org for up to date weather and flooding notices.
Although the National Hurricane Center has reduced the development of Invest 91L to a 40% chance over the next 48 hours, this system will bring excess rainfall across the region over then next couple of days. Based on the conditions, the NWS will place our region, including Fort Bend County, in a Flash Flood Watch from 1 AM Wednesday to 7 AM Thursday.
Based on this morning’s forecast, the region could see widespread rainfall amounts between 2 to 4 inches with isolated totals up to 6 inches. Rainfall rates from this storm could reach 2 to 3 inches per hour which can cause rapid street flooding and creek rises in some areas. As stated by the NWS, these forecasts are subject to change due to the environmental conditions throughout the event. We will continue to monitor and provide updates when possible, but we encourage everyone to stay informed through the National Weather Service and Fort Bend County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management as changes in these forecast could occur within a relatively short period of time.
Last night’s rainfall was less than expected and was approximately 3 inches based on resident rain gages in the district. The drainage system is still slowly draining due to higher flood levels within Rabbs Bayou.
The Fort Bend Office of Emergency Management has rainfall predictions of 2 to 3 inches through Saturday. This will result in a rise in the water levels of the detention ponds, but we expect the flood levels to be contained within the ponds. Street ponding may occur during times of intense rainfall. Please move cars and trash cans from the street to higher grounds.
The ponds within the district are draining but very slowly as Rabbs Bayou is limiting discharge from district facilities. There is intense rain predicted tonight and the LID expects there to be similar flooding conditions within the District as to the Tuesday evening storms. Please move all cars out of streets to higher ground and be prepared for inundation of the streets and drainage system.
The district is monitoring the conditions and will update as things occur.
Fort Bend Levee Improvement District No. 6 and Fort Bend County have experienced heavy rainfall over the past 24 hours. Everything is draining as designed, but we are expecting additional rainfall in the next couple of days. Please remove all trash cans from the street and check your outfall drains to make sure everything is clear. If you see significant street flooding, do not drive through it. Residents should monitor the Fort Bend County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management at https://fbcoem.org for up to date weather and flooding notices.
For more information about Fort Bend County LID 6’s stormwater management plan, please visit: cleanbayous.org.
Did you know that the stormwater currently receives no treatment?
Water that flows into your storm water drainage system goes directly into our creeks, bayous, rivers, and bays. Because standards of water quality affect every resident in Fort Bend County LID 6, remembering “only rain down the drain” and adhering to this approach will help improve the water quality of our streams, rivers and lakes.
Non-allowable discharges, such as out waste, grass clippings, tree trimmings, oils and grease are a violation of a state-issued stormwater permit. Making an illegal discharge into the storm sewer may be punishable by fines and/or water service termination, per your District’s rate order.
Remember, whatever is put down the storm drain is untreated and flows into the Waters of the USA!
If you see any spills or illegal dumping into the storm drains, Fort Bend County LID 6’s Operator, or Storm Water Solutions should be contacted as soon as possible. Call the Storm Water Solutions 24-hour phone number at 713.935.1044, or you can use cleanbayous.org to file a report.
To find additional information about stormwater quality, please visit www.cleanbayous.org.