‘Get Out Now’: Levee Breached in Houston Suburb

Jack Phillips
By Jack Phillips
August 29, 2017US News
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‘Get Out Now’: Levee Breached in Houston Suburb
Homes inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 28, 2017, in Houston, Texas. Harvey, which made landfall north of Corpus Christi late Friday evening, is expected to dump upward of 40 inches of rain in Texas over the next couple of days. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Authorities outside Houston—in Brazoria County—have warned residents to get out right away after floodwaters breached a levee, Reuters reported.

A warning was posted on Twitter: “The levee at Columbia Lakes has been breached!! Get out now!!”

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“They need to get out. Get to higher ground in Angleton,” County Judge Matt Sebesta said on TV, CBS reported.

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

Residents wade through flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Beaumont Place, Houston, Texas, U.S., on August 28, 2017. (REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman)
Residents wade through floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Beaumont Place, Houston, Texas, on Aug. 28, 2017. (Jonathan Bachman/Reuters)
People walk dogs through flooded streets as the effects of Hurricane Harvey are seen August 27, 2017 in Galveston, Texas. Hurricane Harvey left a trail of devastation Saturday after the most powerful storm to hit the US mainland in over a decade slammed into Texas, destroying homes, severing power supplies and forcing tens of thousands of residents to flee. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
People walk dogs through flooded streets as the effects of Hurricane Harvey are seen Aug. 27, 2017, in Galveston, Texas. Hurricane Harvey left a trail of devastation Saturday after the most powerful storm to hit the U.S. mainland in over a decade slammed into Texas, destroying homes, severing power supplies, and forcing tens of thousands of residents to flee. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

“This is something we’ve never faced before,” Jeff Lindner of Harris County’s flood control district said. “We are trying our best to wrap hands around what exactly this water is going to do as it interacts with subdivisions.”

He noted that the Addicks Reservoir is at 108.42 feet, and the top of the spillway is 108.0 feet.

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. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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 Aug. 27, 2017, in Houston, Texas. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Harvey’s floodwaters breached two major reservoirs in southern Texas, prompting officials to issue warnings.

The Addicks and Barker reservoirs outside Houston hit record levels on Tuesday. Suburb areas around the city are starting to fill up with floodwaters, CNBC reported.

Interstate highway 45 is submerged from the effects of Hurricane Harvey seen during widespread flooding in Houston, Texas, U.S. on Aug. 27, 2017. (REUTERS/Richard Carson)
Interstate highway 45 is submerged from the effects of Hurricane Harvey during widespread flooding in Houston, Texas, on Aug. 27, 2017. (Richard Carson/Reuters)

“This morning we were advised that the Addicks Dam will have uncontrolled release rates this morning,” said Steve Costello, who is with the city’s office of emergency management, in a press conference.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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