City of Richwood Official Update: Voluntary Evacuations

NEWS RELEASE

Thursday, August 31, 2017 @ 12 PM

Official Update: Flooding & Voluntary Evacuation

At this time, a voluntary evacuation is being issued on the following streets on the north side of Moore St.: 

  • Hollyhock St.
  • Jasmine St.
  • Oyster Creek Dr.

This is in addition to the voluntary evacuations that have already been called for Audubon Woods 1, Brazos Crossing, Oakwood Shores, and those streets north of South Yaupon.

Unfortunately, the water level is quickly raising in Bastrop Bayou and flood water is impacting most of the northern part of Richwood. The water is already at levels that are higher than they were during last year's flooding. As flood water from the Brazos River continues to make its way into Bastrop Bayou, we anticipate that the water levels will continue to raise and further spread into other areas of the City.

The city is placing barricades at the entrances to the roads that are flooded. Please do not move or drive around the barricades.

The Brazos River is still in major flood stage and is projected to stay there through at least Monday. Once the flooding crests in our area, all indications are that the flood water could remain at elevated levels for several days.

Please continue to follow the updates being posted to the City's website, www.richwoodtx.gov, and on the City's Facebook accounts. If you have any questions, you can call City Hall at (979) 265-2082. We will be staffing the phones at City Hall around the clock through the duration of the emergency.

City of Richwood Official Update: Flooding

NEWS RELEASE

Thursday, August 31, 2017 @ 9 AM

Official Update: Brazos River Flooding

Overnight the Bastrop Bayou has gone up from 12 feet at Old Angleton Road to 13.5 feet. Audubon Woods 1 is now impassable even for the Fire Department's high-profile brush truck.

As of now, the following roads are closed due to flooding:

Complete Subdivision Closures Road Closures
Audubon Woods 1 Bayou Bend (near Amberjack)
  Brazos Crossing (FM2004 to Austins Ct.)
  Briar Creek
  Four Oaks
  Magnolia
  North Yaupon
  Quail Run
  South Yaupon
  Wisteria

The city is placing barricades at the entrances to the roads that are flooded. Please do not move or drive around the barricades. The water is getting high in the streets and driving through the high water could cause a wake to push water into people's homes.

The Brazos River is still in major flood stage and is projected to stay there through at least Monday. Once the flooding crests in our area, all indications are that the flood water could remain at elevated levels for several days.

Please continue to follow the updates being posted to the city's website, www.richwoodtx.gov, and on the city's Facebook accounts. If you have any questions, you can call City Hall at (979) 265-2082. We will be staffing the phones at City Hall around the clock through the duration of the emergency.

City of Richwood Official Update: Flooding

NEWS RELEASE

City of Richwood

Monday, August 28, 2017 @ 10 PM

Official Update: Tropical System Harvey & Brazos River Flooding

We are quickly taking on water in many of our streets. Audubon Woods 1 and the following streets have been closed:

  • Briar Creek
  • South Yaupon
  • North Yaupon
  • Magnolia
  • Cedar Ct.

City crews are trying to put up signs to close the roads as quickly as possible once they become impassable. Please do not drive down streets with high water. Vehicles are throwing wakes and pushing water towards people's homes.

If you have any questions, you can call City Hall at (979) 265-2082. We will be staffing the phones at City Hall around the clock through the duration of the emergency.

City of Richwood Official Update: Harvey & Brazos River Flooding

News Release

City of Richwood

Monday, August 28, 2017 @ 6 PM

Official Update: Tropical System Harvey & Brazos River Flooding

Highway 36 is still open, but it may not be open for much longer. For updates on State road closures, please visit www.drivetexas.org.

The water levels in Bastrop Bayou and Oyster Creek continue to raise and the flood waters from the Brazos River are still expected to add large volumes of water. The higher water levels in Bastrop Bayou are already starting to backup into some of the drainage ditches and we will probably start seeing water from the Bastrop making its way onto some of our streets by tomorrow morning.

There will be no trash pick up this week.

City Hall is closed for regular business. However, we will continue to post regular updates to the City's website, www.richwoodtx.gov, and on the City's Facebook accounts. If you have any questions, you can call City Hall at (979) 265-2082. We will be staffing the phones at City Hall around the clock through the duration of the emergency.

 

News Release

City of Richwood

Monday, August 28, 2017 @ 1 PM

Official Update: Tropical System Harvey & Brazos River Flooding

Highway 35 has been closed due to flooding. However, Highway 36 has been reopened. As of now, the only evacuation route open is to take Highway 36 to Highway 59, then head south to Highway 71, and then head north to I-10. If you feel the need to leave, now is the time before all the evacuation routes are closed. For updates on State road closures, please visit www.drivetexas.org.

Bastrop Bayou and Oyster Creek are already high and we will be receiving more rain. The Brazos River at Rosharon is at 50.29 feet, which is the point where river water starts entering the Oyster Creek and Bastrop Bayou watersheds. The National Weather Service is anticipating flooding in our area and it is projected to be worse than the flooding we experienced last year.

Also, please do not put out your trash cans. Waste Connections, our solid waste provider, will not be able to pick up any trash this week.

City Hall is closed for regular business. However, we will continue to post regular updates to the City's website, www.richwoodtx.gov, and on the City's Facebook accounts. If you have any questions, you can call City Hall at (979) 265-2082. We will be staffing the phones at City Hall around the clock through the duration of the emergency.

News Release

City of Richwood

Monday, August 28, 2017 @ 9 AM

Official Update: Tropical System Harvey & Brazos River Flooding

Overnight we received about one-half (1/2) inch of rain and since Friday Richwood has received about eight (8) inches of rain. All Richwood roads remain passable at this time.

For today the National Weather Service is forecasting an additional two (2) to four (4) inches of rain for our area, with heavier amounts possible. It looks like most of this rain today will come in the late afternoon and throughout the night. Please remain to be vigilant of the flash flooding risks.

The Brazos River is currently just over 49 feet in Rosharon and sometime today will enter major flood stage. The river is at 27 feet in West Columbia and is still expected to raise an additional 12 feet. Sometime today the flood waters will probably begin to make their way into the Oyster Creek and Bastrop Bayou watersheds.

Currently Oyster Creek and Bastrop Bayou are already at high levels and the areas around CR 220 and 288 are already starting to take on water. As the flood waters make their way into Oyster Creek and Bastrop Bayou, this flood water will make its way into Richwood. At this time, the areas within the city that are most likely to take on flood water are Audubon Woods 1, Brazos Crossing, Oakwood Shores and those streets north of South Yaupon. Just outside of the city, the Tamarind Woods and Sherwood Forests neighborhoods are also at an increased risk for flooding.

Also, as of 1 pm today, August 28th Highway 35 is scheduled to be closed. Remember you can view all state road closures at www.drivetexas.org.

We will continue to post regular updates to the City's website, www.richwoodtx.gov, and on the City's Facebook accounts. If you have any questions, you can call City Hall at (979) 265-2082. We will be staffing the phones at City Hall around the clock through the duration of the emergency.

 

News Release

City of Richwood

Monday, August 28, 2017 @ 12 AM

Official Update: Tropical System Harvey & Brazos River Flooding

So far tonight most of the heavy rain has been to the east of us and all the streets are still clear of water. However, we still need to remain vigilant in case any heavy rain bands set up over Richwood.

Also, as of 1 pm on Monday, August 28th Highway 35 will be closed. Remember you can view all state road closures at www.drivetexas.org.

We will continue to post regular updates to the City's website, www.richwoodtx.gov, and on the City's Facebook accounts. If you have any questions, you can call City Hall at (979) 265-2082. We will be staffing the phones at City Hall around the clock through the duration of the emergency.