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

30 August 2017

An evacuation order was issued on Monday after a levee was breached just south of Houston. So far, 30,000 people have evacuated and sought shelter.

Headed east, the storm was due to dump more heavy rain across both states, worsening the "catastrophic and life-threatening" flooding situation, before making landfall again Wednesday morning, near the Texas-Louisiana border, according to the CNN Weather Center.

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Ahead of Tropical Storm Harvey's third landfall, authorities in Brazoria County just south of Houston issued a frightening warning regarding unsafe water levels. "But it does mean we need to expand our capabilities and our capacity", Mr Turner said.

More than four days after the storm ravaged the Texas coastline as a Category 4 hurricane, authorities have confirmed only three deaths. The driver got out and urged the children to escape through the back door, Ms Saldivar said, but they could not. Meanwhile, the tropical storm appeared to be gathering strength once again on the Gulf coast.

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

The previous record was held by Tropical Storm Amelia, which hit Texas in 1978. Sylvester said the Coast Guard was taking more than 1,000 calls per hour. "We don't have any evacuation routes to tell people to take".

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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.

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