Lake expected to crest Tuesday morning, bayou anticipated to rise through Wednesday
Thunderstorms and heavy rainfall Sunday night into early Monday morning north of Lake Brownwood forced the lake’s water level to again rise significantly throughout the day Monday.
At 6 p.m. Monday, the Brownwood/Brown County Emergency Operations Center was at Level III (Increased Readiness) for monitoring flood conditions.
In a press release issued by Brownwood City Manager Emily Crawford, the National Weather Service predicted Lake Brownwood will crest at 1,430 feet around 7 a.m. Tuesday and the Pecan Bayou is projected to continue to rise through Wednesday morning. That level would be almost two feet higher than Saturday, May 21 — the date of the most recent high water threat.
No rainfall was expected overnight Monday, however forecasts call for rainfall Tuesday through Thursday — with the highest chance of heavy rain Tuesday night through Wednesday morning. Ground conditions are saturated, so additional rainfall will advance flooding conditions.
In a press release issued by Crawford at noon Monday, the Lake Brownwood water level stood at 1427.2 feet.
The earlier press release went on to state, “Should the lake crest at the predicted height, the Pecan Bayou will flow higher in town, and likely flood roads, bridges and properties in the immediate vicinity of the Pecan Bayou.”
TxDOT has a traffic diversion plan in place, should State Highways be closed. The Brownwood/Brown County Health Department, Red Cross, Salvation Army, and CERT are prepared to mobilize for food, water and shelter if needed.
A sand bag station is available to the public at the former Higginbotham’s location at 1500 Center Ave. It is a self-service station, so those interested should be prepared to bag and load their own. Businesses, residences and properties prone to flooding were asked to take precautionary measures.
Riverside and Fabis Parks remain closed, as well as Lake Brownwood, as the State Park received an additional 1.27 inches of rain Sunday night into Monday morning.
As of 6 p.m. Monday, there were no street closures in Brownwood, but County Roads 105, 108, 114, 120, 121, 122, 123, 257, 411, 425, 441 and 574 were all closed. Emergency services personnel will continue monitoring water levels throughout town.
Residents were advised to stay away from high rushing water, especially onlookers at bridges and urge to not go around any barricades.