Beginning at approximately 16:00hrs severe weather began hammering Fort Bend just before the rush hour period. During this time an approximate 12″ of rain began falling over the county creating near gridlock on the roads as every fire department in the county was inundated with calls for service. During this period of time over 18-structure fires were dispatched on the east end of the county alone with a number being working incidents due to lightening. As Truck 21 was responding from box to box in Missouri City and Sugar Land, operating and then leaving for the next one, High Water 22 was put to work for the 1st time removing stranded motorist as Engine 22 and Engine 23 answered additional calls for service. As the weather was beginning to lighten Engine 23 and Battalion 21 was sent to the central part of the county for a working structure fire with the Northeast Fort Bend County Fire Department where they laid 400′ of 5″, relay pumped and operated for over 3-hours. During the course of the 24-hour period the Stafford Fire Department responded to over 30-incidents PLUS removed 36-stranded motorists in need of rescue/removal.