A brief update regarding the Barker Reservoir. The map we've been referencing for voluntary evacuations still applies to areas west of the Barker Reservoir and east of SH 99.
As of 5:45 PM the water level was 98.98 ( up from 98.27 at 1 PM) It has risen an *average* of about ¼ ft. per hour, which is subject to change with heavier rain. The flood level for the Barker Reservoir is 95 feet, so the Reservoir is already 3+ feet out of its banks. Those in neighborhoods closest to the Reservoir are going to experience the deepest amount of water, with the water becoming increasingly shallow the further away you are. This website provides updated information on the water level of the Reservoir https://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/uv?cb_00045=on&cb_00054=on&cb_62615=on&cb_62615=on&format=gif_stats&site_no=08072500&period=&begin_date=2017-08-21&end_date=2017-08-28
Some water is be released in preparation for the additional rain we are expected to receive, but the Reservoir is expected to continue to rise with the additional rain water to come. Because of this there continues to be a voluntary evacuations for the subdivisions WEST of the Barker Reservoir, EAST of SH 99, NORTH of FM 1093/Westpark Tollway, and SOUTH of Westheimer Parkway. A voluntary evacuation means flooding is not life threatening but is likely to cause water to get into homes and cause some streets to become impassable. If you stay, make certain you have enough drinking water and food for at least a week. If you have questions about your neighborhood please reference: https://fbcgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=d1a054f74789410bbe35bed305c81841
You can also go to the county’s Interactive Floodplain Mapping Tool: http://fbcgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/OnePane/basicviewer/index.html?appid=cfe8b1a5660f4c5ca07f48aec0690591 and type in your address. This will give you the elevation of your lot.
We recommend if your lot is 100 ft. or below or your street is below 100 ft. that you consider moving to a shelter. Those of you receiving this in GRAND LAKES PHASE 4 (WEST OF SH99) are NOT apart of this evacuation, Nextdoor has grouped your neighborhood with a neighborhood east of SH99 which is why you're receiving this Communities NORTH of Westheimer: You have been included in previous lists & many of you have had questions, your communities are less likely to see effects from the Barker Reservoir.
All questions regarding the Barker Reservoir can contact the US Army Corps of Engineers at 409-766-6379 or on twitter at @USACEGALVESTON
To find an updated list of shelters: http://fbcoem.org/emergency-shelters-in-fort-bend-county/ For current road closures: http://bit.ly/2wAGdQc
Find updated evacuation orders here: http://bit.ly/2xEzl0Q
Report damages to home/ property here: http://bit.ly/2wTAjJL
If you plan to evacuate, please secure your homes, pack important documents & medication for you, your family & PETS. There are shelters that accept pets, do not leave them behind IF you decide to leave.
Please direct ALL questions about evacuations to Fort Bend OEM www.fbcoem.org Facebook & Twitter @FBCOEM #281-342-6185 If you need assistance with evacuations contact: 211
We will keep you updated as we receive information.