Residents south of Houston urged to 'GET OUT NOW!!' after levee breach


He said that a mandatory evacuation order was issued Sunday.

Forecasters say the storm will re-strengthen in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday before making a second landfall near Houston on Wednesday.

The Army Corps of Engineers began to release water from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs before 2am Monday - ahead of schedule - because water levels were increasing dramatically at a rate of more than six inches per hour, corps spokesman Jay Townsend said.

More than 17,000 people are seeking refuge in Texas shelters, the American Red Cross said, and the number looks certain to grow.

Residents were warned to leave immediately after the Columbia Lakes levee in Brazoria County, which is just south of Houston, broke on Tuesday morning (Aug. 29).

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Harvey's havoc has continued to pour down, three days after the storm rammed Texas as a Category 4 hurricane, unleashing a torrent of rain, turning streets into rivers, and leaving thousands of residents stranded in flooded homes. The driver got out and urged the children to escape through the back door, Ms Saldivar said, but they could not.

The levee at Columbia Lakes has been breached!

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

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

According to CNBC, the Houston reservoirs that contained the heavy rainfall from the storm have started to overflow and officials have released additional water into the city's drainage system to limit the pressure on two dams in the counties.