ROSENBERG, Texas - Fort Bend County issued a disaster declaration Tuesday night.
Officials said the county "suffered widespread or severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property resulting from the severe storms which have caused extensive rainfall throughout the Brazos River watershed and are putting the Brazos River into flood stage."
The county said the declaration was necessary to "alleviate the suffering of people and to protect or rehabilitate property."
The declaration took place immediately and will last one week unless the county's commissioner's court decides otherwise.
Around 8:20 p.m. Tuesday, officials in Sugar Land said all roads in the city were impassable.
Sugar Land officials said the city got over 7 inches of rain between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Officials told residents to seek high ground and to avoid the roads.
A maximum of 9 inches was reported in Sugar Land and 2 1/2 inches fell in 30 minutes around 6 p.m.
County Judge KP George announced that all tolls on Fort Bend Parkway, Westpark Toll Road and Grand Parkway in Fort Bend County were waived.
Several inches of rain fell on the Rosenberg area Tuesday, causing flash flooding and stranding several drivers.
The affected areas included Sugar Land, Missouri City, Rosenberg, Stafford, Richmond, Town West, First Colony, Pecan Grove, Mission Bend, Meadows Place, Needville, Pleak, Fairchilds, Beasley, Kendleton, Thompsons, Greatwood, New Territory, Fifth Street and Cumings.
Severe thunderstorms produced heavy rain across Fort Bend County most of Tuesday.
Sugar Land police said it responded to several lightning strikes within the city and provided assistance to nearby communities. It's not clear if the lightning strikes caused any fires, but no injuries have been reported.
Authorities encouraged drivers to turn around if they encounter flooded roads and to report flooded areas to local law enforcement agencies.
Showers and thunderstorms continued through Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning.
An approaching cold front will set the stage for additional strong thunderstorms on Friday and Saturday.
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