The Fort Bend County Judge’s Office says a mandatory evacuation has been issued for Sugar Land residents in First Colony Levee Improvement District #1 and those living within the Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District #7.
All other Sugar Land and ETJ residents within levee districts are under voluntary evacuations at this time, Judge Robert Hebert said.
The National Weather Service issued a forecast showing the Brazos River rising to an elevation of 59 feet on Tuesday.
“The weather bureau has raised it from 56.1 feet at the Richmond bridge to 59 feet,” Hebert told Eyewitness News. “When it went to 59 feet, that constitutes about an 800-year flood.”
Hebert said flood management levies are only geared to protect against 100 and 200 year floods.
“We have a forecast that tells us that our levies may be overtopped or flooded by just the fact that the river rises higher than they are designed to protect,” Hebert said.