Brazos River expected to crest a foot higher than projected

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During widespread flooding, some are evacuating themselves and their animals from the Brazos River area.

Our Travis Herzog says the river is near the new projected crest of 54.57 feet, which is a foot higher than what was projected yesterday.

As of Wednesday morning, the Brazos River continues to rise. It's expected to crest soon, but high water is still forcing families out of their homes.

In Richmond, firefighters check on residents who have chosen to stay in their flooded homes off Greenwood Drive, by boat. Most everyone has self-evacuated, but there are still several pets that were left behind.

Firefighters rescued 13 chickens that belonged to one woman who said her house was flooded.

Robin Stovall says water is less than a foot from her front door. Monday, she and her daughter took their families and only what they could carry, and got out.

"Everything else can be replaced but people can't be replaced," said Stovall's daughter.

Fort Bend County has had 120 rescues in the last few days. That number continues to rise. Just like the water level right outside the Richmond Police Department. Flooding at the department isn't a major concern, but police are keeping an eye on it.

"We are out there trying to get as many rescues as possible for people who haven't decided now it's time to leave," said Lt. Lowell Neinast with Richmond police.
In Rosenberg, Steven Villalovoz is one of the last in his neighborhood to pack up.

"He left a couple days ago," Villalovoz said, pointing to his neighbor's SUV that was almost submerged under water.

Villalovoz spent the morning putting rugs and furniture on higher ground. He packed his flatscreen TV and a garbage bag of clothes in his minivan. That's all Villalovoz will take with him.

"Everybody is really upset. It's all we have, you know?"

For the next few days, he says he'll sleep in a hotel. But after that, he's not sure. Like so many who are dealing with flooding in this area.

"We are already poor and now we are getting that taken away from us. It's heartbreaking."


ABC13's Courtney Fischer captured animal rescues and the rising water conditions on camera this morning along the Brazos. Watch her report in the video player above.
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