2016 Texas Emergency Management Conference

Last week, a few of our staff and many of our colleagues from around the state attended the 2016 Texas Emergency Management Conference, in San Antonio.  Texas is no stranger to disasters, natural or man-made.  The goal was to stay on top of best practices, new technologies, and make sure that the first time we meet our response partners is not on the scene of a disaster.

Watch a brief segment about the conference on KVUE Austin

Red Flag Warning (03/20)

Despite recent rains, conditions will be conducive for rapid fire growth and spread today.  Brazos County and several surrounding counties will be under a Red Flag Warning from 12:00 PM-6:00 PM today (03/20).

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
416 AM CDT SUN MAR 20 2016

...AFTERNOON RED FLAG WARNING WILL BE IN EFFECT...

.THE RECENT LACK OF RAINFALL ALLOWING FINE FUELS TO CURE...IN
TANDEM WITH GUSTY NORTH WINDS AND DRY AIR ADVECTING IN AND LOWERING
RELATIVE HUMIDITIES TO UNDER 30 PERCENT...HAS PROMPTED AN AFTERNOON
RED FLAG WARNING.

TXZ163-164-176>179-195>200-210>214-226-227-235>238-202300-
/O.NEW.KHGX.FW.W.0003.160320T1700Z-160320T2300Z/
AUSTIN-BRAZORIA-BRAZOS-BURLESON-CHAMBERS-COLORADO-FORT BEND-
GALVESTON-GRIMES-HARRIS-HOUSTON-JACKSON-LIBERTY-MADISON-MATAGORDA-
MONTGOMERY-POLK-SAN JACINTO-TRINITY-WALKER-WALLER-WASHINGTON-
WHARTON-
416 AM CDT SUN MAR 20 2016

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 6 PM CDT...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HOUSTON/GALVESTON HAS ISSUED A
RED FLAG WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 6 PM CDT
THIS EVENING.

* AFFECTED COUNTIES... HOUSTON...TRINITY...MADISON...WALKER...
  SAN JACINTO...POLK...BURLESON...BRAZOS...WASHINGTON...
  GRIMES...MONTGOMERY...LIBERTY...COLORADO...AUSTIN...WALLER...
  HARRIS...CHAMBERS...WHARTON...FORT BEND...JACKSON...
  MATAGORDA...BRAZORIA...GALVESTON.

* WIND...15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 25 MPH.

* HUMIDITY...LOW TO MID 20S.

* IMPACTS...ANY FIRE COULD QUICKLY BECOME OUT OF CONTROL.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY. A COMBINATION OF
STRONG WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY WILL CREATE EXPLOSIVE FIRE
GROWTH POTENTIAL.
HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
424 AM CDT SUN MAR 20 2016

TXZ163-164-176>179-195>200-210>214-226-227-235>238-211200-
AUSTIN-BRAZORIA-BRAZOS-BURLESON-CHAMBERS-COLORADO-FORT BEND-
GALVESTON-GRIMES-HARRIS-HOUSTON-JACKSON-LIBERTY-MADISON-MATAGORDA-
MONTGOMERY-POLK-SAN JACINTO-TRINITY-WALKER-WALLER-WASHINGTON-
WHARTON-
424 AM CDT SUN MAR 20 2016

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTHEAST TEXAS.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

A RED FLAG WARNING IS IN EFFECT THIS AFTERNOON ACROSS ALL OF SOUTHEAST
TEXAS DUE TO GUSTY NORTH WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES. CRITICAL
FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS COULD DEVELOP WHICH COULD CREATE EXPLOSIVE
FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY

NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SPOTTER ACTIVATION WILL NOT BE NEEDED.

Monthly LEPC meeting today

The Brazos County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) will meeting today at 11:30, at C&J Barbecue (Bryan location).  Members and visitors will have time to eat and network with local emergency response/management personnel, industry representatives, and local volunteers.  There will be a brief presentation on the basics of using the US National Grid System, which was recently included in updates to Marplot.

Click to download the USNG presentation

Flood Warning Cancelled

The National Weather Service has cancelled the flood warning for Northern Brazos County.

The Flood Warning is canceled for
The Navasota River Near Normangee
* At 1000 AM Tuesday the stage was 14.9 feet.
* Fell below flood stage at 7:00 AM Tuesday.
* Flood stage is 15.0 feet.
* Forecast…The river will continue to fall to 14.7 feet by
Wednesday morning.
* At 15.0 feet…Minor lowland flooding begins as water escapes the main channel
and inundates the flood plain.

For up-to-date information on road closures in Brazos County, bookmark the Brazos County Road & Bridge Notifications Map & DriveTexas.

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Flooding update

Update: Flood Warning will now expire at 16:00 hours on March 15th.

The Brazos and Navasota Rivers are on their way back down, but rain chances return later this week.  Northern Brazos County near the Navasota River remains under a Flood Warning until March 17th at 07:00.  The only weather related road closing is Elmo Weedon Rd at Wickson Creek.  The culvert system failed at this location, and repair work is estimated to last for 2-3 weeks.

For up-to-date information on road closures in Brazos County, bookmark the Brazos County Road & Bridge Notifications Map & DriveTexas.

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Update (03/11): River levels rising

OSR near the Navasota River has been closed due to water over the roadway. 

The river forecasts below are showing both rivers cresting in the next 24 hours, and the Navasota staying in the flood stage for some time.

There have been several road closures, and more are expected as the rivers come up.  For up-to-date information on road closures in Brazos County, bookmark the Brazos County Road & Bridge Notifications Map & DriveTexas.

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To monitor flood gauges, check the NWS West Gulf River Forecast Center.

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