Houston floods: Evacuation order after levee breaks

Kristen Gonzales
August 30, 2017

Brazoria County officials confirmed the levee has breached in the Columbia Lakes area of their County, along the Brazos River.

Engineers have been releasing water from the dam in order to reduce pressure on the structure, causing more flooding in the area.

Forecasters say the storm will re-strengthen in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday before making a second landfall near Houston on Wednesday. The area endangered is West Columbia, a town of about 4,000 people located about 60 miles outside of Houston alongside the Columbia Lakes, a levee system built to hold back the Brazos River, a part of the section outside of Houston that has seen some of the most intense destruction in the wake of Harvey.

Calls for rescue have so overwhelmed emergency teams that they have had little time to search for bodies, and officials acknowledge that fatalities could soar once the floodwaters start to recede from one of America's most sprawling metropolitan centres. The National Hurricane Center said the storm is expected to make a slow turn northeast and could dump another 10 to 20 inches of rain over the next two days.

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Portions of Brazoria County, due south of Houston, had been under a mandatory evacuation notice since Sunday. So we can assume the stark message above was intended for people who did not leave in the face of the warning.

Almost 6,000 inmates displaced by flooding have been moved from prisons in the Houston area to other facilities in south and east Texas, according to the state Department of Criminal Justice.

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

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