Storm Update

Today, the National Hurricane Center upgraded the system coming up through the Gulf of Mexico to a Tropical Storm.

Despite the upgrade, our facilities are prepared to handle the amount of rainfall projected. Due to the amount of rain, we anticipate that we will have gravity outfall through the entirety of the storm.

The potential for heavy rains may create moments where the water coming into the sewer system is temporarily more than the system can take in. When this happens, you may see water with depth on the roads. This is called street ponding. If it happens, it will dissipate quickly as the rain slows. Please drive safely and do not drive into any high-water situations.

We do not anticipate this to be a high winds event, but the forecast is evolving so if you see downed trees from Step Bank Creek or Alcorn Bayou, new to this storm, please notify us through the website so we can make sure they are added to the list. These would be trees that could obstruct water flow, not trees in the neighborhood that may fall due to the heavy rains.

If there are changes to the forecast, we will update you through all channels.

Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Rate

Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 15 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2019 on Monday, September 16, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. at The Club at Riverstone, 18353 University Boulevard, Sugar Land, Texas 77479. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value on all other property and the tax rate that is adopted.

Flood Insurance Premiums and Risk Rating 2.0

The National Flood Insurance Program is administered by FEMA, who is the entity charged with determining rates (premiums) for individual flood insurance policies. Historically, FEMA has developed rates based predominantly on Flood Insurance Map Rate (FIRM) zones and base flood elevation. However, FEMA has announced that it intends to rehaul its methodology for determining individual flood insurance rates through a program called Risk Rating 2.0.

FEMA has indicated that Risk Rating 2.0 will be implemented in 2020, with new premiums going into effect by October 2020. However, at this time, the actual components of Risk Rating 2.0 remain unknown. Initial announcements on Risk Rating 2.0 indicate that FEMA will take into consideration (among other factors) distance from potential flood source and cost to rebuild. If sufficient consideration is not given for the quality of flood protection afforded by local levee systems (such as the one protecting LID 15), individual homeowner flood insurance premiums within areas, such as LID 15, could increase due to Risk Rating 2.0.

LID 15, together with Fort Bend County Precinct 4 Commissioner Ken DeMerchant, support efforts to require FEMA to provide transparency and opportunity for stakeholder input in developing Risk Rating 2.0 prior to its adoption and implementation. As an interested member of the community, if you would like to support this effort, you may sign the Commissioner’s petition (with a copy of his letter to Congress) at this link:

FEMA Risk Rating 2.0

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