Harvey Death Toll Reaches 15, Levee Breached South of Houston


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.

Authorities outside Houston are urging residents of Brazoria County to evacuate immediately due to floodwaters from Harvey that breached a levee, the Reuters news agency reports.

Two dams - at Barker Reservoir and Addicks Reservoir - protecting downtown Houston and under the Corps' management are built to withstand 1,000-year floods.

Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta says that the water has come over the levee in the northeast part of the subdivision and is starting to fill the area.

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Harvey made landfall as a category four hurricane before diminishing, but even with the drop in strength, thousands have been displaced by the storm, which made landfall as a category four hurricane. The system will then head north and lose its tropical strength. Sylvester said the Coast Guard was taking more than 1,000 calls per hour.

The releases will add to flooding in areas close to Buffalo Bayou, which flows through the centre of Houston, said Jeff Linder of Harris County's flood control district. So we can assume the stark message above was intended for people who did not leave in the face of the warning.

Officials in south Texas had previously warned residents to shelter in place and that travel was unsafe. A shortage of beds means some people will have to sleep on chairs or the floor.