Please be advised, LJ Parkway from Thompson Ferry to the bridge at Sienna Springs will be closed for 24 hours (or more) to allow equipment trucks and work crews access to the pump station site. There will be no car, boat, kayak, and pedestrian access. PLEASE do not attempt to access these areas. We have law enforcement onsite for traffic control and public safety, and we will continue to request their presence during the duration of the work.
More pumps were delivered last night, and crews are still working to install.
Floodwater & Brazos River Levels
We have unofficial reports of approximately 2 inches of additional recession overnight. The pumps at Steep Bank Creek remain fully functional and continue to work at capacity in their efforts to drain the area.
The threat to safety from the Brazos River level remains – as of this morning, the River levels are officially past the highest level in its recorded history.
Curfew & Evacuation
Late last night Fort Bend County imposed a curfew between midnight and 6:00 a.m. for all unincorporated areas of Fort Bend County through September 6, 2017. This applies to ALL areas of Riverstone within LID 15 or LID 19. It does not apply to the portion of Riverstone within Missouri City limits (MUD 115).
As a reminder, the County’s mandatory evacuation is still in place for both LID 15 and LID 19. While we understand your desire to return home, inspect damage, or collect valuables, congestion in our streets can negatively affect flood fighting and rescue operations. On ground crews will be re-assessing the evacuation order early this morning, and any update will be posted here.
A final word about communications. Many of you have expressed frustration about not being able to reach anyone from the LID by phone. Please understand that almost all of the LID directors, consultants, and operating crews were also affected by the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey and the accompanying rain. In the initial days of the storm, as you are aware, the widespread devastation meant that roads were impassable, many of our offices and homes were flooded or shut down without power, and individuals who would normally be able to answer calls and emails were unable to do so. However, as we recover our offices and staff each day, we hope to continue efforts to provide improved communications.
This website and the County’s OEM website have provided the primary official sources of information. Your emails and voicemails have been received (with any threats to life and safety being elevated for immediate attention), and although we cannot answer every specific question, we continue to do our best to streamline answers to the most frequently asked questions here.
All this being said, we’re working to set up a live informational session for LID 15 and LID 19 residents. Our engineers and operators continue 24-hour flood fighting operations in Riverstone, and as soon as they are able to break from operations, we will post date, time, and location here.
First round of pumps have arrived into Riverstone. Thanks to law enforcement officers for their traffic control operations to help truck get in and allow work crews to get started. There is still much work to be done to install and get pumps operational, but crews will be working overnight.
Also, crews have reported that floodwater levels in LID 19 are going down. Although we have no official confirmation, a rough visual estimate is approximately 6 to 8 inches from the high water mark.
As of this post, the supplemental pumps are confirmed en route to Riverstone. They are expected to arrive in a few hours, and we have crews on site ready to receive them and work around the clock to get them operational to assist with floodwaters at the Steep Bank Creek outfall.
We are also aware of your concerns regarding security of your unoccupied homes and property. We have reached out to law enforcement agencies to inquire about supplemental patrol services during the evacuation. Unfortunately, at this time, all law enforcement agencies are still under emergency operating conditions (prioritizing life safety) and are unable to provide supplemental services. However, we have been advised that once law enforcement agencies resume normal operations, we will have 24-hour coverage within Riverstone by two Precinct 4 Constable deputies (through the supplemental patrol services provided by the Riverstone MUDs).
Again, we cannot stress enough the importance of heeding the County’s evacuation order, which is still in place. There are still roads within both LIDs that are impassable, and the Brazos River has not yet crested. Traffic on passable roads may also impede public safety and rescue operations, as well our own operations to get the internal stormwater pumped out.
We are trying to keep this website updated as frequently as possible. As information comes in, will do our best to get it posted here quickly. We will also do our best to continue to provide any updates regarding possible timelines to return to your homes. In the meantime, stay safe.