Voluntary evacuation for residents along Brazos River

ROSENBERG, TX (KTRK) -- Residents near the rising Brazos River in Rosenberg have been asked to evacuate ahead of potential flooding this weekend.

Effective Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 6pm, the city of Rosenberg implemented a voluntary evacuation for residences in potential areas of impact. That area is Ave A between 1st and 8th Streets.

Officers have gone door-to-door to notify residents of the evacuation plan. If the city moves to mandatory evacuations, there will be a new notification.

The Memorial Day floods took its toll on some properties. A shed behind one home dangles on the edge of a ditch adjacent to the river that's normally dry.

"There used to be more land because you used to be able to walk behind the building. Now you can't even walk behind it," said Raymond Cardenas.

Still, he has no plans to leave. In fact, no one was packing up and heading out in this small section of the city. Officials are preparing for potential flooding and hope their warning letter at least gets people thinking about a plan.

"We're ready if we have to evacuate. We'll leave," said Martina Calderon, 50, who probably lives the closest to the river.

She's lived there all her life and has seen it go over its banks only about three times.

As of 9pm Thursday, the Brazos River at Richmond was 41.46 feet. Minor flooding starts at 48 feet. Moderate is at 49 feet and major flooding is at 50 feet.
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