Residents react as Brazos and Colorado rivers continue to rise

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ROSENBERG, Texas - The big, bad Brazos River continues to swamp everything in its path as you can see in these pictures, posted on the Twitter account of Astronaut Terry Virts.



On Sunday, Tony Becerra Park in Rosenberg was flooded, and on Monday, it was underwater.  Homes had the Brazos River running through them.

The flooding was expected to get worse at least until Tuesday afternoon, when the Brazos was expected to crest at 53.5 feet.

The Brazos has folks downstream in Missouri City worried, too.  Voluntary evacuations were underway for residents in parts of the Lake Olympia and Quail Valley subdivisions.

In Wharton, the slow rise of the Colorado River forced mandatory evacuations of some streets on the west side of the city that flood easily.

“This morning we are asking residents that are in mandatory evacuation area to go ahead and take heed of that warning. Find another place to stay, or if you do not have a place to stay, we have the shelter that’s open at the Boys and Girls Club,” Paula Favors, public information officer for the City of Wharton, said.

The Colorado River was over 42 feet, and rising.

“Oh man, I’ve never seen it this high," said George Yarzabal, who drove from El Campo with his family to see the river.

Wharton resident Jody Montalbo could also see the river spilling over into her neighborhood.

“We drove through here about an hour ago and the water was only in the ditch area so now you see it’s come out,” she said. To make matters worse, it was starting to rain- AGAIN.

But one Rosenberg man made us smile a little. Despite the river rising right behind him, he continued to manicure his lawn… which would probably be soon underwater. Buddy, you’re our “optimist of the day.”

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