Tropical Storm Nicholas Update

7:00 AM

As of this time, the Brazos River is predicted to stay well below critical levels, (Gauge 45 at Richmond) throughout this event, therefore normal drainage for areas south of SH 6 should not be influenced by river levels.  For areas north of SH 6, Oyster Creek may experience levels higher than normal as local rainfall amounts accumulate.

For all areas within the district, local rainfall may cause street ponding, but can be expected to drain off after rainfall stops.  Use caution when driving near ponded water.  Do not attempt to drive through ponded water above curb height.  Exercise usual preparatory measures, such as stocking water, non-perishable food and medications, and securing loose outdoor items.

Please monitor weather updates/alerts and Fort Bend County Homeland Security and Emergency Management (OEM).

Residents should also monitor their respective city websites and news releases (City of Sugar Land OEM or Missouri City OEM) for safety advisories or evacuation notices, as the situation can change rapidly.

Sugar Land Launching Real-Time Flood Warning System to Help Keep Residents Safe

HOUSTON, Texas (CW39) The City of Sugar Land recently launched a web-based tool, to provide residents and city engineers with real-time information on street flooding. The city hopes this will help residents make more informed decisions to protect life and property.

Called the Integrated Stormwater Management Model (ISWMM), it is a system of integrated drainage models that includes the entire city and its infrastructure assets. It is connected to the 28 rain gauges across the city that report real-time information during weather events which is used to create ponding maps.

The system gives:

  • public access to real-time ponding information;
  • the ability to send notifications about ponding, street flooding and potential street closures;
  • assistance in the planning of evacuation routes; and
  • assistance in evaluating current drainage infrastructure to more efficiently target drainage improvements.

“ISWMM is a sophisticated piece of technology that not many cities have. This technology is a good reflection of the commitment of Sugar Land to provide its residents with useful tools that can keep them out of harm’s way and save time and money for the City. Additionally, having ISWMM as a part of larger system that includes emergency alert and flood gauges will work to keep residents safe as major flood events impact our region and rainfall events continue to change.”