Brazoria County Levee Breaches Following Hurricane Harvey

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Tropical Storm Harvey has been dumping rain on the Houston area since it came ashore Friday as a Category 4 storm and caused massive flooding.

A levee along the Brazos River south of Houston has also breached, forcing officials to call for residents to evacuate low-lying areas.

This comes after the Brazos River rose to historic levels on Monday, a development that made it highly likely the levee would hold for the duration of the Harvey flooding.

Meanwhile, more than 17,000 people are seeking refuge in Texas shelters, the American Red Cross said.

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Earlier on Tuesday, a report by local ABC affiliate KTRK indicated the Addicks Reservoir due west of Houston might spill over for the first time in its history.

One Houston woman said she presumes six members of a family, including four of her grandchildren, died after their van sank into Greens Bayou in East Houston. The National Hurricane Center said the storm is expected to make a slow turn northeast and could dump another 10 to 20 inches of rain over the next two days. The system will then head north and lose its tropical strength.

A mandatory evacuation was ordered for the low-lying Houston suburb of Dickinson, home to 20,000, and questions swirled in Houston itself about why the mayor did not issue a similar evacuation order. So we can assume the stark message above was intended for people who did not leave in the face of the warning.

Columbia Lakes is a neighborhood located in the southern portion of Brazoria County, where it is surrounded by the towns of Angleton, Lake Jackson and Brazoria.

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