Area Levee Breaks, Residents Urged To Evacuate Immediately

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He said a mandatory evacuation order was issued Sunday. The downtown are has not flooded yet. "We are trying our best to wrap hands around what exactly this water is going to do as it interacts with subdivisions". 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. With rescues continuing, that number seemed certain to grow. Officials acknowledge that fatalities from Harvey could soar once the floodwaters start to recede from one of America's most sprawling metropolitan centres.

Harvey made landfall as a category four hurricane before diminishing, but even with the drop in strength, thousands have been displaced by the storm, which made landfall as a category four hurricane.

Unconfirmed reports of others missing or presumed dead are growing.

The levee at Columbia Lakes in Brazoria County, Texas has been breached due to catastrophic rainfall from Hurricane Harvey, which has dissipated to a tropical storm, and government officials have told their residents to get out as fast as they can.

"They need to get out. Get to higher ground in Angleton", the county seat, he said in a televised interview.

Columbia Lakes is located some 50 miles from Houston near the Brazos River.

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.

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