Weekly Brazos River Outlook – Apr 3, 2023

Currently, the Brazos River in Richmond remains low at Gage Elevation 8.37 feet.  The NWS Forecast includes a cold front that will slowly push through the Region on Wednesday. The system is anticipated to stall over the area from Wednesday through Saturday which could create several days of wet weather. Based on the forecast, the Region could experience widespread rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches with isolated totals of 5 to 6 inches. The forecast shows 1 to 2 inches per day, but actual durations and rainfall amounts could vary. Drought conditions have generally kept the ground dry; therefore, much of the rain should be absorbed. Rainfall rates will be key to any localized flood concerns (primarily street ponding) especially as the ground becomes saturated throughout the week. The 7-Day Quantitative Precipitation Forecast (QPF) is showing the lower Brazos River Watershed receiving 2 to 5 inches with the heaviest rainfall occurring around For Bend County. Based on the current forecast, no flooding due to the Brazos River through Fort Bend County is anticipated.

Please note, forecasts and conditions can change. Everyone is encouraged to stay weather aware by following their favorite local weather source, including the National Weather Service and the West Gulf River Forecast Center. If you have not ready done so, please remember to sign up for Emergency Updates from Fort Bend County.

See the attached Flood Risk Report.