Avoiding Winter Weather Catastrophes

Winter is just around the corner for those of us in Southeast Texas. We’ve already seen a couple of nights where temperatures hovered (although briefly) around the freezing mark. As we move into December, January and February, we’ll see more nights with colder temperatures for longer periods of time. Now is the time to be winterizing your home. Below are some tips to help make it through the freezing temperatures.

When water freezes it expands. This can be bad news for water systems as the expansion can cause pipes and valves to burst. The best way to protect against bursting pipes in your irrigation system is to drain the system to relieve any pressure. The underground piping for your sprinkler system is protected by the ground itself as it acts as an insulator. The most susceptible parts of your irrigation system are the backflow preventers and shutoff valves that are usually located above ground in that U-shaped piping. Wrapping the pipes, valves and backflow preventer with insulation after closing the main irrigation valve and draining the system is the easiest way to avoid costly repairs.

Exposed pipes in your home should also be insulated to protect them from freezing. Don’t forget those exposed pipes in your attic that may be susceptible. Outside water faucets and garden hoses can also hold water that may freeze and expand. Make sure garden hoses are disconnected from water sources and drained. Exposed water faucets should also be insulated. These pre-freezing tips can help you avoid headaches and expensive repairs down the road.

Fort Bend County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

For the latest information from Fort Bend County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, including Brazos river gauge data, disaster declarations, evacuations and other general emergency preparedness and response information visit the following link:

https://fbcoem.org

You may also register for emergency alerts and warning at the following link:

https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085616997#/login

Emergency Preparedness Planning — Are You Prepared?

If you have lived in the greater Houston area for any length of time you know the question on everyone’s mind isn’t if a catastrophic event will occur, but when will it occur? Whether it is flooding like we have seen in the recent years or a hurricane or tropical storm, emergency preparedness isn’t just smart planning, it is a necessity.

Fortunately, Fort Bend County is better prepared for a disaster than many other Counties in the nation. It only take one catastrophic event impacting the Houston area to cause damage to your home or business. Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District NO. 146 (FBCMUD146) wants to help our community plan and prepare for the unexpected by providing you with information and useful resources that can assist you in your efforts. On the District’s website you will find numerous links to emergency preparedness websites and helpful phone numbers that will help you not only plan for an event, but help you stay abreast of the event as it unfolds.

So please visit our website at www.FBMUD146.org and let us help you stay safe and prepared. Also visit https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085616997#/login to receive emergency alerts from Fort Bend County.

Changes to Evacuation Areas in Fort Bend County

FORT BEND COUNTY, TX – As water continues to drain from the Barker reservoir, more and more areas become safe to enter, and residents can begin the long road to recovery. In order to help residents get into their homes more quickly, Fort Bend County Judge Robert Hebert is modifying the evacuation orders for the Fort Bend County portion of the Barker Reservoir in order to allow residents access to their homes once it is safe, while ensuring the Sheriff’s Office retains enforcement power which allow them to protect unoccupied properties which evacuees have left behind as they fled the rising waters days ago.

“This is the most careful and pragmatic approach to balancing safety and security for residents with the need to allow people to begin their recovery process.” says Judge Hebert.

With the recent changes in the river and weather forecasts and after careful consideration and consultation with Levee improvement Districts in Fort Bend County, County Judge Bob Hebert has also adjusted some of the evacuation areas in the low-laying areas along the Brazos River to allow citizens to reenter their neighborhoods.

These changes are made at the request of the Levee Districts after their careful consideration for the safety of their communities.

 Updated August 31, 2017 – 6:30 P.M.

For a real-time view of the current evacuation orders in Fort Bend County, check the interactive evacuation zone map below where residents can enter their address to see if they are in an evacuation zone or not:

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The full list of neighborhoods and subdivisions in the Barker reservoir currently under either a voluntary or mandatory evacuation can be found here:

Barker Reservoir Mandatory:

  • CANYON GATE CINCO RANCH, SECTIONS 1-8
  • CINCO AT WILLOW FORK, SECTION 1 (South of Camden Bend)
  • CINCO RANCH BAYOU PARK ESTATES, SECTION 1
  • CINCO RANCH EQUESTRIAN VILLAGE, SECTION 3
  • CINCO RANCH GREENWAY VILLAGE, SECTIONS 10-12
  • CINCO RANCH MEADOW PLACE, SECTION 5
  • CINCO RANCH NORTH LAKE VILLAGE, SECTION 13
  • CINCO RANCH SOUTHPARK, SECTIONS 1 and 3
  • FAIRWAYS AT KELLIWOOD, SECTION 1
  • GRAND LAKES PHASE 3, SECTIONS 7-11 (lower areas in Section 8)
  • GREENS AT WILLOW FORK, SECTIONS 1 and 2
  • KELLIWOOD COURTS, SECTION 1
  • KELLIWOOD GREENS, SECTIONS 1 and 2
  • KELLIWOOD PARK
  • LEGENDS AT CINCO RANCH APARTMENTS
  • RICEFIELD VILLAGE, SECTION 1
  • WILLOW FORK, SECTION 1

Barker Reservoir Voluntary:

  • CINCO AT WILLOW FORK, SECTION 1 (North of Camden Bend)
  • CINCO AT WILLOW FORK, SECTION 2
  • CINCO RANCH CINCO FOREST, SECTIONS 1 and 2
  • CINCO RANCH FOUNTAIN VIEW, SECTION 3
  • GRAND LAKES PHASE 2, SECTIONS 1 – 6
  • GRAND LAKES PHASE 3, SECTIONS 1 – 6
  • GRAND LAKES PHASE 3, SECTION 8 (Portions Mandatory)
  • GRAND LAKES, SECTIONS 3, 5, 8, 9, and 14
  • KELLIWOOD COURTS, SECTION 1
  • KELLIWOOD LINKS, SECTION 1
  • WILLOW PARK GREENS, SECTION 1

The full list of neighborhoods and subdivisions in the in the low-laying areas along the Brazos River currently under either a voluntary or mandatory evacuation can be found here:

Districts Changing From Mandatory to Voluntary Evacuation:

  • FORT BEND LID NO. 6
  • FORT BEND LID NO. 15
  • FORT BEND MUD NO 121

Portions of Districts Changing From Mandatory To Voluntary Evacuation:

  • FIRST COLONY LID NO. 1 – NORTH OF HIGHWAY 6
  • FORT BEND LID NO. 19 – NORTH OF HAGERSON RD.

Portions of Districts That Will Remain Mandatory:

  • FIRST COLONY LID NO. 1 – SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 6
  • FORT BEND LID NO. 19 – SOUTH OF HAGERSON RD.

Districts Remaining Mandatory Evacuation:

  • FORT BEND LID NO. 7
  • FORT BEND LID NO. 20
  • SIENNA PLANTATION LID
  • PECAN GROVE MUD
  • FORT BEND MUD NO. 46
  • FORT BEND MUD NO. 49
  • FORT BEND MUD NO. 115
  • PALMER PLANTATION MUD NO. 1
  • PALMER PLANTATION MUD NO. 2

Districts Remaining Voluntary Evacuation:

  • FORT BEND LID NO. 2
  • FORT BEND LID NO. 10
  • FORT BEND LID NO. 11
  • FORT BEND LID NO. 14
  • FORT BEND LID NO. 17
  • FIRST COLONY LID NO. 2

The Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management continues to monitor the Barker Reservoir and the Brazos River and encourages residents to exercise caution in this still-dangerous situation. While the water has begun to drain in the Barker Reservoir, the Brazos River continues to rise, and we have not yet seen the full extent of the flooding in areas along the Brazos River.

For updates on the flooding situation, and information about recovery from this ongoing disaster, check the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management website:

http://fbcoem.org/changes-to-evacuation-areas-in-fort-bend-county/

Barker Reservoir Area Evacuations (UPDATE)

Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management – Barker Reservoir Revised Mandatory Evacuation Map as of 8/31/2017 Effective 9:00 a.m.

UPDATE on 8/31/2017 effective 9:00 a.m.

The voluntary evacuation order previously put in place for neighborhoods in the Fort Bend County portion of the Barker reservoir has been lifted. A smaller mandatory evacuation area was ordered last night for neighborhoods near the Barker reservoir to provide the Sheriff’s Office the authority they need to ensure the safety and security of residents in the evacuation area.

As the water levels recede in the neighborhoods near the Barker Reservoir, we will continue to reduce the size of the mandatory evacuation zone as quickly as possible. We will update this page regularly.

Brazos River Threat Continues

There is an increasing threat to Fort Bend County residents as the Brazos River continues to rise. River crest is now expected sometime on Saturday.

We encourage all residents to use extreme caution if moving about, to respect all evacuation orders, and to follow instructions of local Law Enforcement. The sun is shining today, but the river continues to rise and we all need to be vigilant for changing situations.


A PDF copy of the Barker evacuation area can be downloaded here.

The evacuation area can be seen in the northern portion of this interactive map:

August 29, 2017

Interactive Map for Evacuation Zones / Mapa Interactivo de zonas de evacuación

The interactive map of evacuation zones for  the Brazos and San Bernard Rivers is above. You can search your address to see if you are part of an evacuation order.

PLEASE SHARE WITH ANYONE WHO MIGHT LIVE IN THESE AREAS.


Mapa interactivo de las zonas de evacuación para los Ríos Brazos y San Bernard. Usted puede buscar su dirección para ver si es parte de una de las ordenes de evacuación.

Por favor comparte con cuál quiera que viva en estas áreas!


Fort Bend County’s unincorporated area is currently under a curfew from 12:00 AM to 6:00AM and it is best not to travel on these roadways until daylight.   Residents are advised to make preparations now to remove all persons and pets out of the neighborhoods.  All evacuees should take their important documents and medication with them when they leave.  Additional vehicles can be parked at the Cinco Ranch High School.

If you are a resident in the evacuation zones and you do not have transportation or a place to go – PLEASE CALL Fort Bend Office of Emergency Management at 281-342-6185 and request assistance with the evacuation.

For current shelters in Fort Bend County go to Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management’s Road Closures page. Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management’s Shelter page.

For an up-to-date lists of road closures and traffic issues, please visit the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management’s Road Closures page. Do not assume that your route will be clear and do not return home until officials say it is safe.

For more information or if you have questions, check the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management website at fbcoem.org, the FBC OEM Facebook page, the FBC OEM Twitter account, or call 281-342-6185.

New Mandatory Evacuation for Barker Reservoir Area Communities

FORT BEND COUNTY, TX  August 30, 2017 PM

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is currently forecasting a record pool elevation level in the Barker Reservoir several feet above the levels in the Tax Day flood of 2016. The reservoir has risen to 101.1 feet at this time and imminent flooding is expected in this area.   As a result Fort Bend County has changed the voluntary evacuation to a MANDATORY evacuation order for the following subdivisions:

  • CANYON GATE – all sections
  • CINCO RANCH – following sections:
    • Bayou Park Estates
    • Cinco Forest
    • Equestrian Village
    • Fountain View
    • Greenway Village
    • Institutional Core
    • Southpark Meadow Place
    • North Lake Village
    • Plaza Subdivision
    • West, Section 7
    • Willow Fork
  • GRAND LAKES – all sections
  • KELLIWOOD – following sections:
    • Courts
    • Fairways
    • Greens
    • Links
    • Park
    • Pointe Terrace
  • RICEFIELD VILLAGE
  • WILLOW FORK – Greens, Section 1

There is an interactive map on the Fort Bend County OEM website where citizens can type their address and see if they are in a mandatory evacuation area.  Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management Evacuation Interactive Map.

Fort Bend County’s unincorporated area is currently under a curfew from 12:00 AM to 6:00AM and it is best not to travel on these roadways until daylight.   Residents are advised to make preparations now to remove all persons and pets out of the neighborhoods.  All evacuees should take their important documents and medication with them when they leave.  Additional vehicles can be parked at the Cinco Ranch High School.

If you are a resident in the evacuation zones and you do not have transportation or a place to go – PLEASE CALL Fort Bend Office of Emergency Management at 281-342-6185 and request assistance with the evacuation.

For current shelters in Fort Bend County go to Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management’s Road Closures page. Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management’s Shelter page.

For an up-to-date lists of road closures and traffic issues, please visit the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management’s Road Closures page. Do not assume that your route will be clear and do not return home until officials say it is safe.

For more information or if you have questions, check the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management website at fbcoem.org, the FBC OEM Facebook page, the FBC OEM Twitter account, or call 281-342-6185.