Columbia Lakes levee south of Houston breached

Bryan Strickland
August 30, 2017

Volunteers and officers from the neighborhood security patrol help to rescue residents in the upscale River Oaks neighborhood after it was inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 27, 2017, in Houston, Texas.

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.

Two days ago, residents had been told to evacuate the area and travel to a nearby shelter in Angleton as the Brazos river began to fill to capacity.

Earlier on Tuesday, a report by local ABC affiliate KTRK indicated the Addicks Reservoir due west of Houston might spill over for the first time in its history. The youngest in the family was six years old. With almost 2ft more of rain expected on top of the 30in that has fallen so far in some places, authorities anxious the worst might be yet to come. The system will then head north and lose its tropical strength. County officials issued a mandatory evacuation order on Sunday for the entire western half of the county.

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Rescuers are still plucking people from vantage points around the city's submerged neighborhoods.

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. So we can assume the stark message above was intended for people who did not leave in the face of the warning.

The Red Cross said volunteers made more space in part by pushing some camp beds closer together.

"This is something we've never faced before", Jeff Lindner of Harris County's flood control district said.

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