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Officials after levee breaches in Texas: 'Get out now!'

30 August 2017, 02:02 | Rodolfo Quinn

Officials Warn Residents South Of Houston To Leave After A Columbia Lakes Levee Breach: 'Get Out Now!'

The Columbia lakes area lies south of Houston large parts of which remain under water four days after Harvey made landfall on the US Gulf Coast triggering widespread flooding

"Get out Now!" Brazoria County officials told residents, after water from the Brazos River broke over the levee at Columbia Lakes. The driver got out and urged the children to escape through the back door, Ms Saldivar said, but they could not.

Brazoria County officials had already issued a mandatory evacuation of the area on Sunday and Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta has said that people were warned in advance that it was likely the levee would be "overtopped" (the nicest way of saying a levee probably won't hold).

The Houston metro area covers about 10,000 square miles, and is crisscrossed by about 1,700 miles of channels, creeks and bayous that drain into the Gulf of Mexico, about 50 miles to the south east.

Harvey dropped almost 125 centimetres of rain - a record for a tropical storm in the continental United States - in Pearland, Texas, south-east of Houston, the National Weather Service said. Seven people were confirmed dead in Texas amid the "epic and catastrophic" flooding left behind in the southeast part of the state from Hurricane Harvey. "We have uncertainty in how the water is going to react", when releases from the reservoirs hit overflowing drainage.

He noted that the Addicks Reservoir is at 108.42 feet, and the top of the spillway is 108.0 feet.

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It has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, but continues to cause massive damage in the area.

After days of heavy rain, the Addicks and Barker reservoirs are at record high levels.

Interstate highway 45 is submerged from the effects of Hurricane Harvey during widespread flooding in Houston, Texas, on August 27, 2017.

In a press conference in the White House on Monday, the US President said money would be provided even in the event of a government shutdown.

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