After Harvey floodwaters breach levee, authorities say "get out now"

Kristopher Drake
August 31, 2017

The levee at Columbia Lakes in Brazoria County have been breached. Officials say that so far, over 3,500 people have been rescued.

The difficulty of controlling the release is "something we've never seen before", flood control official Jeff Lindner told reporters.

A spokeswoman for a Houston hotel said one of its employees disappeared while helping about 100 guests and workers evacuate the building.

The Addicks and Barker reservoirs outside Houston hit record levels on Tuesday. About 500 people were evacuated from flooded neighborhoods in southwest Louisiana, Edwards said.

Houston officials said they will open two or three more mega-shelters to accommodate people who continue to arrive at the overflowing George R Brown Convention Centre seeking refuge from the flooding.

More than 30 inches of rain has fallen in some areas of Houston after Tropical Storm Harvey parked over the area. "The levee at Columbia Lakes has been breached!"

Sometime Tuesday or early Wednesday, parts of the Houston region will probably break the almost 40-year-old US record for the biggest rainfall from a tropical system - 48 inches (120 centimeters) - set by Tropical Storm Amelia in 1978 in Texas, meteorologists said.

Houston emergency officials could not confirm the deaths.

Among the worries is debris coming down the river and crashing into structures and the possibility that pipelines in the riverbed will be scoured by swift currents.

During a visit to the storm zone, President Donald Trump kept his distance from the epicenter of the damage in Houston to avoid disrupting recovery operations.

Harvey has already set a new continental United States rainfall record since it made landfall Friday. Rain fell at about half an inch (1 centimeter) per hour over Harris County - home to Houston - and up to 2 inches (5 centimeters) per hour to the east.

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