By STEFAN MODRICH
Tropical Storm Beta brought heavy rain and flooded roads across Fort Bend County and Greater Houston on Monday and through Tuesday morning, and more wet weather was expected.
As of press time Tuesday morning, Richmond had received 6.52 inches of rain within the last 48 hours, according to the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management. Sugar Land recorded 6.72 inches of rain, Missouri City saw 5.86 inches, Rosenberg posted 4.13 inches and Stafford registered 3.98 inches.
During a news conference Monday, County Judge KP George advised residents to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary and to monitor the FBCOEM website and Transtar for road closures in neighboring Harris County.
“We are working, we are communicating 24/7,” George said. “We are prepared to deal with any situation Tropical Storm Beta brings our way.”
The northbound right lane of Highway 59 at FM 2919 in Kendleton was flooded as of early Tuesday morning, according to the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office.
Fort Bend County, Harris County, Waller County, Brazoria County, Galveston County and Montgomery County remained under a flood advisory that was set to expire at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for Fort Bend County and several adjacent counties.
For updates and emergency notifications from FBCOEM, text FBCALERTS to 888-777.