Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Texas levee breached; residents told to 'get out now!'

Hurricane Harvey levees Columbia Lakes levee Brazoria County evacuation Getty People stranded by flooding in Houston
Carol Daniels | 30 August, 2017, 02:01

The Brazos River has risen to historic heights as a result of storm Harvey and caused the levee to fail Tuesday, a scenario that authorities feared.

Levees at Columbia Lakes in Brazoria County have been breached, according to the official Brazoria County website.

Controlled releases of it and the nearby Barker Reservoir's contents were performed with limited success, but continued rainfall suggested the Addicks Dam ultimately wouldn't be enough to contain the deluge, per the Army Corps of Engineers.

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

Houston, the country's fourth largest city, has been inundated with flooding as result of Harvey, which made landfall late Friday as a Category 4 hurricane and lingered as a tropical storm over the weekend. Officials say that so far, over 3,500 people have been rescued. The youngest in the family was six years old. GET OUT NOW!" CNN's John Berman broke the news mid-broadcast, noting that "portions of that county have been under a mandatory evacuation for a couple of days now. Sylvester said the Coast Guard was taking more than 1,000 calls per hour. Meanwhile, the tropical storm appeared to be gathering strength once again on the Gulf coast. "We don't have any evacuation routes to tell people to take".

Harvey could still dump up to 15 inches of rain on portions of southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana, including the saturated Houston area.

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