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Levee that had been breached is fortified , say officials

30 August 2017, 02:05 | Lucy Hill

A levee at Colombia Lakes had been breached by the rising Brazos river

Residents in Houston told to flee after dam bursts after Storm Harvey onslaught

Donald Trump has vowed to provide "every asset" under his command to help out individuals affected by tropical storm Harvey.

Officials of Brazoria County, Texas have urged residents in the Columbia Lakes area, South of Houston, to evacuate immediately following a breach of the levee at the Brazos river. He said the county is trying to determine where the water will go, specifically from the north end of the Addicks reservoir.

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.

At least one person already made the California/Texas connection.

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More than four days after the storm ravaged the Texas coastline as a Category 4 hurricane, authorities have confirmed only three deaths. Sylvester said the Coast Guard was taking more than 1,000 calls per hour.

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

The disaster is unfolding on an epic scale, with the nation's fourth-largest city mostly paralysed by the storm that parked itself over the Gulf Coast.

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. "We don't have any evacuation routes to tell people to take". A shortage of beds means some people will have to sleep on chairs or the floor.

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