Major Texas levee breached; residents urged to 'get out now'

Major Texas levee breached; residents urged to 'get out now'

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

The levee at Columbia Lakes in Brazoria County, Texas has been breached due to catastrophic rainfall from Hurricane Harvey, which has dissipated to a tropical storm, and government officials have told their residents to get out as fast as they can.

Two dams - at Barker Reservoir and Addicks Reservoir - protecting downtown Houston and under the Corps' management are built to withstand 1,000-year floods. "Get out now!" Brazoria County posted on Facebook on Tuesday morning.

The death toll of Harvey, which first made landfall Friday as a Category 4 hurricane, has reportedly reached at least 15 people.

However, the levees were not created to handle the expected 59 foot (18 meters) crest of the Brazos River which authorities say represented an 800 year flood event.

Meanwhile, more than 17,000 people are seeking refuge in Texas shelters, the American Red Cross said. Sylvester said the Coast Guard was taking more than 1,000 calls per hour. GET OUT NOW!" CNN's John Berman broke the news mid-broadcast, noting that "portions of that county have been under a mandatory evacuation for a couple of days now.

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

Harvey could still dump up to 15 inches of rain on portions of southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana, including the saturated Houston area.

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