A VOLUNTARY EVACUATION HAS BEEN CALLED FOR BAILEY’S PRAIRIE
Saturday, August 26, 2017 3:30 PM
The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting the Brazos River will rise at Rosharon to Major Flood state by 2 PM Sunday, August 27th. The NWS is also predicting the level will rise to 52.6’ by early Tuesday morning. This rise is based on rain as a result of Hurricane Harvey that has fallen and is predicted to fall over the next 72 hours.
The water from the Brazos River begins to flow overland into Oyster Creek when the river level at Rosharon reaches 50.8’. This will be tomorrow. There are no projections on how long the river will remain above flood stage.
Adding river flood water to the estimated 15-30” of rainfall predicted for our area through Thursday, Bailey’s Prairie is expecting flood waters that exceed the Brazos River flood of 2016.
- There is not as much time to prepare for evacuation as in 2016.
- With the standing water on the ground from the rainfall already received, flooding is anticipated to be at a higher level than the flood of 2016.
- Rainfall locally and to our north and west may make travel hazardous.
- Power outages are anticipated.
- Septic systems do not work when underwater.
- Water wells do not work without power and there is a high risk of contamination when flood water covers your well.
- Emergency services will be limited.
- UTMB Angleton campus is currently open and providing service to the community with a central staff. The Emergency Department is open and functioning. The hospital will provide services as long as possible according to Katrina Lambert.
- Many retail stores in the area are closed.
- You and your family may not be able to leave after flood waters arrive due to high water levels over roadways.
- Livestock needs to be evacuated ASAP.
- Snakes and other critters may be a problem.
Protect your family, property, livestock and pets.
Brazoria County Emergency Management Call Center is now open 979-864-1064
A shelter for Brazoria County Residents has been set up at the Bell County Expo Center, 301 West Loop 121, Belton, TX 76513. There will be signs directing residents to the Expo Center.