FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas – The Flood Warning for the Brazos River near Richmond has been extended until late Monday night, the National Weather Service says.
As of 9:15 p.m. Wednesday the stage was 43.8 feet. The flood stage is 48 feet, and major flooding is expected.
Forecasters call for the river to flood by Friday morning and will continue to rise to about 50 feet by Saturday afternoon. The river will then fall below flood stage by Monday afternoon.
The National Weather Service warns that at 49.8 feet, "massive lowland flooding occurs with many homes in Simonton and Thompsons flooded. There is major flow across the flood plain into Oyster Creek near Harris Reservoir and the Ramsey Unit Prison Farm."
As of Thursday morning, Simonton officials had not yet called for an evacuation, although evacuations are possible as the river rises.
While no serious rain is expected Thursday, KHOU 11 Meteorologist Brooks Garner says the rain chances increase for the weekend starting as early as Friday morning at about 3 a.m.
Video: Aerial look at Brazos River in Rivers Edge subdivision (from Daniel P.)