Voluntary evacuation issued for areas along Brazos River in Fort Bend County

Mandatory evacuations in parts of Rosenberg

ROSENBERG, Texas – It's been more than a day since a single raindrop has fallen in the Rosenberg area, yet the remnants of another storm and a swollen Brazos River have many here scrambling to save what they can.

"I'm going to take my mom to my brother's. He lives on the safe side of Rosenburg, so we'll be staying there," Robert Cantu said.

Residents like Cantu, who have lived in the area for nearly four decades, can easily recall flooding events in years past, but nothing like what's expected this go-round, which is potentially several feet of water throughout parts of the community.

A mandatory evacuation was issued Saturday for Rosenberg residents after Mayor Cynthia McConathy signed orders declaring a State of Disaster for the city.

"It's scary because I took my mom to see the water yesterday and it wasn't how high it was today," Cantu said. "(It) is alarming. Its coming up pretty quick."

The National Weather Service issued a voluntary evacuation for areas along the Brazos River in Fort Bend County, which included the area northwest of Rosenberg bordered by Pumping Plant Road, Eadle Lane, Joerger Road on the north, FM 723 and Stratman Road on the east.

Officials in Brazoria County, not too far away, and where the bulk of the recent rain fell, are warning their residents, along with others down stream where all the water will eventually make its way.

"We don’t know how long this even is going to last," Judge Matt Sebesta said. "We don’t know how bad it’s going to be other than we know it’s going to be a significant event."

It's unclear how high the water will rise or just how fast, but now mandatory evacuations are in place for parts of Rosenberg.

Now, for many living here it's a wait-and-see situation that has them more than a little worried.

"I'm not really trying to come home to my home being flooded," Rosenburg resident Cynthia Jackson said. "I don't want that to happen at all. It's sad."

"The river has gone high before, but you don't know how high it's going to get, so I'd be safe. Better safe than sorry," Cantu said.

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