Fort Bend County Texas – Flooding vs. Elevation [Infographic]

When Flood Mitigation Becomes Necessity

Much of the land area in the City of Simonton lies within the 100-year flood plain as defined on FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps.

Increased Frequency

Recent years have yielded more flooding, with increased volume and frequency; with several major rainfall events since 2015. Homes that have repeatedly flooded, may find that home elevation is a more practical and less costly option in the long run.

River Erosion

Riverbanks have continued to migrate over/outward; shifting enough each year to cause flooding in areas that didn’t before. Residents who didn’t have to worry about flooding may have to consider what the next decade or two will bring.

Recent Major Flooding Events

MEMORIAL DAY – CENTRAL/SOUTHEAST TX

The Memorial Day Flood in the Central Texas area was considered the highest flood recorded in the history of the state of Texas.  The U.S. Geological Survey estimated the Blanco River peaked at 44.9 feet. In the Houston area, it was estimated that up to 4,000 properties sustained significant damage.

 

MEMORIAL & TAX DAY – SOUTHEAST TX

The historic Tax Day Floods saturated areas of Southeast Texas with 12 to 16 inches of rain in 12 hours. Then on Memorial Day, more than 20 inches of rain swelled the Brazos River flowing down into Simonton and neighboring cities. Simonton was the most impacted in the Ft. Bend area during the second flood with about 250 homes impacted.

 

HURRICANE HARVEY – SOUTHEAST TX

Hurricane Harvey dropped over 3 ft of rain in the Houston area causing catastrophic flooding. The Brazos River at Richmond crested at a new record of 55.19 ft. Over a 50,000 square mile area, Harvey dropped upwards of 16.6 trillion gallons of water.

 

 

 

Simonton On The Brazos River

The Brazos River is expected to shift its banks continually each year; moving closer and further into neighborhoods already experiencing flooding and erosion. Shifting river banks can signal that in any number of years, there are areas that may begin to see a first-time flood. Those who have had lower levels of flooding may begin to see the depth of flooding increased over time.

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Sources:
1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_Texas%E2%80%93Oklahoma_flood_and_tornado_outbreak
2. https://communityimpact.com/houston/sugar-land-missouri-city/city-county/2016/07/06/fort-bend-
county-recuperates-cleans-following-memorial-day-weekend-floods/
3. https://www.simontontexas.gov/services/pages/building-simonton
4. https://www.fortbendcountytx.gov/home/showpublisheddocument?id=52436
5. https://www.floodsmart.gov/index.php/flood-insurance-cost/calculator
6. https://agents.floodsmart.gov
7. https://www.floodsmart.gov/flood-map-zone/elevation-certificate
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