Brazos River flooding continues as the river crested at 54 feet (a record high) on Tuesday in Fort Bend County, Texas (southwest of Houston). The Colorado River is also causing major flooding in Wharton, Texas. Authorities have reported that all 11 reservoirs for the Brazos are either full or close to being so.
The flooding has already claimed the lives of six people, and 40 people had to be rescued on Sunday and Monday. Some 11,000 county residents have been evacuated so far, with more expected as evacuation orders continue.
The National Weather Service says that it could take three weeks for the water to significantly recede. As Scott Overpeck of the National Weather Service says, “There’s so much water on the Brazos that it’s going to take a long time to drain through the whole river and drain out into the Gulf of Mexico.”
Drone video footage from NBC News highlights the devastating flooding along the swollen Brazos River in Fort Bend County. In the video, horses can be seen stranded on patches of land and even on the front porch of a home.
Evacuations: Portions of Wharton, Rosenberg and Simonton have had mandatory evacuations issued. Missouri City is under voluntary evacuation. For a full list of mandatory and voluntary evacuation areas, visit ABC13.
The Red Cross has opened shelters for displaced residents at the Wharton Boys and Girls Club on Newton Street, the First Baptist Church on Richmond in Rosenberg and Shepherd Community Center in Simonton.