UPDATE: Even though the rain slowed down/stopped for now, the Flash Flood Warning is still in effect until 4:30 a.m. Stay safe, be cautious and remember – Turn Around, Don’t Drown.
There is major flooding throughout the Houston region, so please check local media before your morning commute.
UPDATE: Flash Flood Warning in effect from 5/9/2019 10:16 p.m. until further notice. Stay indoors and if travelling stay cautious and remember – Turn Around, Don’t Drown.
- Part of McLain Boulevard
- Portion of Gregory Boulevard
- Grand Park at Feather Ridge
- Fondren between Buffalo Run and Beltway 8
- Lexington Boulevard from Ashmore to Pine Hollow
In a proactive response to the forecasted weather and rising levels in area waterways, City officials are partnering with local authorities to safeguard residents. Municipal Utility District No. 49 will be pumping water out of the lakes in Oyster Creek Village at Lake Olympia into the drainage canal by 6 p.m. today—Thursday, May 9—to draw down the levels.
This work will require the MUD to close the road to thru traffic on Peninsulas Drive just north of Fern Meadow Drive. A detour will be set up using Cicada Drive in Rustlers Crossing for those residents that need to access areas north of the closure.
The below map shows the location of the road closure and proposed detour route:
Portions of Edible Arbor Trail and Mosley Park are still closed due to high water.
Residents are encouraged to stay away from the high waterways, to take precautions if necessary, to monitor local weather reports before travelling around the area and to sign up for emergency alerts on www.MissouriCityReady.com and Twitter—@MissouriCityEM.
The National Weather Service predicts additional heavy rainfall tonight through the weekend that may even accompany tornadoes or strong damaging winds and hail. Rainfall totals of about 10 inches are possible in the region by Saturday, May 11.
A Flash Flood Watch is also in effect through 7 p.m. Saturday. Street flooding and additional rises on rivers/waterways are likely. Residents are encouraged to be cautious and remember – Turn Around, Don’t Drown.
As of today at 4:15 p.m., the Brazos River at Richmond is at 47.39 feet which is still in minor flood stage. Also, the Flood Warning for the River continues until late Sunday, May 12.
MCTX Emergency Management officials are tracking all weather developments and working with regional partners in monitoring waterway levels.
Additionally, citizens are advised to keep the streets clear of vehicles/debris to allow safe passage for our Public Safety and Public Works vehicles, keep the drainage system clean and protect vehicles. Avoid traveling through flooded areas, and remember: Turn Around, Don’t Drown.
City staff will be monitoring all roadway conditions, if there are areas of concern in your community, please call 281.403.8700. Officials also stress the importance of keeping a list of informational resources for reference. Recommendations for City residents include:
- Police and Fire Departments: 911 or 281.403.8700
- CenterPoint Energy: 713.207.2222
- American Red Cross – Fort Bend County Branch: 281.342.9480, Greater Houston Branch: 713.526.8300
- Ready Harris (www.readyharris.org); 713.881.3100; the Harris County Office of Emergency Management’s official website.
- Enable Fort Bend (www.enablefortbend.com); 281.238.3514; the agency assists individuals with functional and medical needs during an emergency or disaster.
- MCTV: Comcast Ch. 16; AT&T U-verse Ch. 99
- WQMN – 1690 AM: Emergency advisory radio station
- MCTX Mobile App: Download it in the Apple App store or on Google Play
For updates, please watch the City website: www.missouricitytx.gov, like us on Facebook—fb/MissouriCityTX, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat—@MissouriCityTX and Nextdoor, watch Missouri City Television (Ch. 16 on Comcast and Ch. 99 on AT&T U-verse) or download the MCTX Mobile app (available for free in Google Play and the Apple app store).