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

Brandon Parsons
August 30, 2017

On Monday, officials in Fort Bend County ordered the first mandatory evacuations along the Brazos River in Houston amid fears that the levees might collapse. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said police had rescued more than 3,000, while the Coast Guard said it also had also rescued 3,000 by boat and air.

The Addicks and Barker reservoirs are both at record high levels due to days of heavy rain.

Meanwhile, an official said that a levee protecting a subdivision of homes in a county south of Houston has been fortified after being breached but warns the threat is far from over. With rescues continuing, that number seemed certain to grow.

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.

One Houston woman said she presumes six members of a family, including four of her grandchildren, died after their van sank into Greens Bayou in East Houston.

"They need to get out".

The levee at Columbia Lakes has been breached!

Donald Trump has vowed to provide "every asset" under his command to help out individuals affected by tropical storm Harvey.

Mr Turner has inisisted that a mass evacuation of millions of people by vehicle was a greater risk than enduring the storm.

Residents wade through floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Beaumont Place, Houston, Texas, on August 28, 2017.

"We've got a lot of low-lying areas that are experiencing flooding", Trower said.

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