The Matagorda County Emergency Operation's 1230 hours Press Release

1230 hours

The Matagorda County Emergency Operation Center continues to monitor both the weather forecast and the river conditions.

The Tres Palacios River has been effected by the heavy rains, please be aware the river might leave its banks.

Please be prepared, and ready. The National Weather Service as the forecast for the river is to be 32.5 feet close to midnight tonight.

 At 24 feet, minor lowland flooding begins as water spills into the flood plain on the right upstream bank and covers the meander point at the meander curve.

At 26 feet, moderate lowland flooding begins with water well into the flood plain on the right upstream bank and within inches of spilling over the east approach to the bridge at FM 456. The river will be almost one quarter mile wide in the vicinity of the gage.

At 28 feet, Water is over the road on FM 1468 near Clemville, FM 2431 east of Midfield, and FM 2853 southeast of Blessing all in Matagorda County with homes in the subdivisions of El Dorado Country upstream and Oak Grove and Tres Palacios Oaks downstream threatened.

At 29 feet, Major lowland flooding begins as both approaches to the FM 456 bridge are cut off and water is over the road on FM 1468 near Clemville, FM 2431 east of Midfield, and FM 2853 southeast of Blessing with several homes in the El Dorado Country subdivision upstream and Oak Grove and Tres Palacios Oaks downstream flooded.

At 32 feet, Water will be into the house on the right upstream side of the river. The bridge at FM 456 is cut off and water is over the road on FM 1468 near Clemville, FM 2431 east of Midfield, and FM 2853 southeast of Blessing with many homes in the El Dorado Country subdivision upstream and Oak Grove and Tres Palacios Oaks subdivisions flooded. The river will be almost one half mile wide in the vicinity of the gage.

We have reports of water entering into homes and apartments, please use caution and check on your friends and neighbors.

Matagorda County Judge Nate McDonald has asked that the First Baptist Church in Bay City, Texas be opened for day shelter in case you have been displaced from your location.

This location will only be used as a day shelter, but please consider the dangers in getting to the facility.

We are stressing, if you don’t have to leave your present location please don’t get on the roads.

If your present location is safe please don’t venture out.

Roads are under water in most of the County.

At the present time the hardest hit areas are south and west.

There are dangerous conditions and driving should be avoided.

Please monitor the weather service and the Emergency Operations Center Facebook page, and the LEPC Facebook page.  Stay tune to the local radio stations FM 92.5 and FM 102.5 as well as www.baycityradio.com.

County Judge Nate McDonald with City and County officials are working to mark or close the worst areas, there are many areas to avoid in the County.

The County Commissioners are out surveying the damage, please obey their request and let them and their crews work.

When flash flooding occurs avoid unnecessary travel, if you must travel don’t drive into flooded roadways. Remember turn around don’t drown

Please be aware there have been flooding conditions in Wharton and Fort Bend County.

If you must travel this week please plan ahead, there are many areas that have experienced flooding. Check www.drivetexas.org for road conditions.

If you have questions please contact the Matagorda County Emergency Management Coordinator at 979-323-0707.

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