Brazos River Update – Week of April 8th

The Brazos River in Richmond is currently at Gage Elevation 13.42 feet (Below Action Stage). Based on the rainfall received upstream of Richmond, the WGRFC has issued a forecast for the Brazos River in Richmond. As of 8:27 AM, the WGRFC is forecasting the Brazos River to enter Action Stage (Gage 20) on Wednesday and reach Gage Elevation 42.3 feet on Saturday morning.

Weekend Recap

Overall the lower portions of the watershed received slightly less rain than anticipated being on the lower side of the initial 1 to 3 inches of rainfall. In fort Bend County, we saw a few gages topping at around 1.5 inches, but the majority of the County saw around or less than 1 inch. Upstream of Hempstead, the watershed received between 1.5 to 3 inches over the weekend with a peak rainfall exceeding 5 inches to 6 inches in isolated areas upstream of Bryan/College Station.

This Week

After the weekend rain, this week includes sunny to mostly sunny skies with rain chances less than 20% through Friday. The sunny conditions appear to be short lived has we have the potential for another round of storms working through southeast Texas over the weekend. There is currently low confidence in the severity of the storms, but overall the forecasts are showing between 1 to 2 inches through Monday morning. We will continue to monitor the development of this system, especially with the current forecast of the Brazos River and provide updates as needed.

Reservoir Status

Summary of Current Reservoir Status (PDF)