Historic rise of Brazos River prompts numerous rescues in Fort Bend County

FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas – The Brazos River rose to historically high levels Tuesday, prompting more water rescues of residents in parts of Fort Bend County.

The Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management reports over 90 rescues have been conducted by Texas Task Force 1, and the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office reporting conducting approximately 50.

“It's a collective effort with the emergency services organizations around the county,” Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls said. “People stayed a little too long.”

Boats and big trucks were ferrying residents out of the neighborhoods along the north bank of the Brazos outside Rosenberg much of the day.

Longtime resident Hugo Cellez said he didn't expect the river to rise so fast.

“The water just kept rising and it got up to at least 6 inches inside the house. Outside it was was knee deep.” He said.

Evacuations have been ordered for parts of Richmond, Simonton and Thompsons, and as well as the unincorporated areas north of the river near Rosenberg.  

“This level of water in the river has not been seen in many of our lifetimes and we urge residents to heed these warnings,” said Jeff Braun, emergency management coordinator for Fort Bend County.