SUGAR LAND (Covering Fort Bend News) – The City of Sugar Land has released the following statement regarding the recent flooding and the additional flash flood warning that has been issued from 1 p.m. today, May 9, through Saturday evening:
“Floodwater continues to recede, and all streets in Sugar Land are clear. Residents should remain alert; however, because another round of storms is headed our way today through Saturday. A flash flood warning for our areas has been issued from 1 p.m. today through Saturday evening.
Sugar Land received more than 9 inches of rain over a five-hour period. By comparison, the highest intensity of rainfall during Hurricane Harvey was about half of this amount throughout that event. City storm drains are functioning normally, but the large amount of rain we received in a short period of time exceeded the capacity of our storm drains and could do so again.
With levee floodgates closed due to the elevation of the Brazos River, areas within levees are operating on pumps. Streets are designed to store water during heavy rainfall events, and areas located in the lowest parts of the levee district are at the greatest risk of street flooding. All levee districts in Sugar Land have reported pumps are operating normally.
Depending on the duration and intensity of the next round of storms, residents should plan for the possibility of more street flooding. Residents in areas with previously flooded streets – particular Greatwood and locations south of State Highway 6 in areas such as Colony Park, Austin Park, Colony Bend, Chimney Stone and Settlers Park — should closely monitor weather conditions, be prepared to act quickly and seek higher ground. High-risk people with medical conditions who may not be able to stay in their homes for up to two days should consider leaving if possible in advance of the pending weather. It will be important to help keep storm drains clears, secure loose items around homes, report any missing manhole covers to the city and avoid parking vehicles on streets that flood.
City crews are working throughout the city to clear debris and storm drains. Residents are encouraged to help ensure storm drains remain clear. City employees will be in neighborhoods assessing areas that may have experienced flooded houses. In some instances, they may knock on doors and/or ring door bells for more information. They will be wearing city uniforms and city identification. Identifying flooded homes will be important as the city continues to study flood-related issues and possible future improvements. No city employees are knocking on doors suggesting residents evacuate.
As flood water levels continue to recede in areas affected throughout the city, we are asking residents and HOAs to ensure that irrigation systems are not in use at this time.
We’ve already responded to reports of more than 100 abandoned vehicles since Tuesday. Residents should check nearby areas, as abandoned vehicles were towed to nearby high ground. For additional questions, call 281-275-2020. SLPD works with the following wrecker companies: Royal Wrecker Service at 713-298-8434, Wilcrest Wrecker Service at 281-932-9118, Sugar Land Services at 281-642-3135, Mike’s Wrecker Service at 281-342-0555 and Buenetello Service at 832-278-0060.
Brazos River Park and Sugar Land Memorial Park, including our dog park, are closed until further notices.
Garbage collection will occur as normal today.”