Levee South of Houston Breached, Residents Told to "Get Out Now"

Posted August 30, 2017

Brazoria County spokeswoman Sharon Trower said Tuesday afternoon that the levee had been fortified.

The Army Corps of Engineers began to release water from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs before 2am Monday - ahead of schedule - because water levels were increasing dramatically at a rate of more than six inches per hour, corps spokesman Jay Townsend said. With rescues continuing, that number seemed certain to grow.

Officials of Brazoria County, Texas have urged residents in the Columbia Lakes area, South of Houston, to evacuate immediately following a breach of the levee at the Brazos river.

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The death toll of Harvey, which first made landfall Friday as a Category 4 hurricane, has reportedly reached at least 15 people.

"They need to get out".

Volunteers and officers from the neighborhood security patrol help to rescue residents in the upscale River Oaks neighborhood after it was inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 27, 2017, in Houston, Texas. Meanwhile, the tropical storm appeared to be gathering strength once again on the Gulf coast. Sylvester said the Coast Guard was taking more than 1,000 calls per hour.

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Brazoria is one of 12 counties Texas Gov. Greg Abbott requested be added to the presidential disaster declaration. So we can assume the stark message above was intended for people who did not leave in the face of the warning.

"This is something we've never faced before", Jeff Lindner of Harris County's flood control district said.

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