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30 August 2017, 02:02 | Rodolfo Quinn
Officials Warn Residents South Of Houston To Leave After A Columbia Lakes Levee Breach: 'Get Out Now!'
"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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All night, as water lapped into their homes, people had been calling for help, they said, but no-one came. Harvey was downgraded from a hurricane to tropical storm by the NHC late on Saturday.