Residents southwest of Houston urged to 'GET OUT NOW' after levee breach

Posted at 11:08 AM, Aug 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-30 06:22:56-04

Officials urged residents in a county southwest of Houston to evacuate on Tuesday due to a levee that breached, adding to the rising floodwaters.

The agency posted a photo on twitter saying "The levee at Columbia Lakes has been breached!! GET OUT NOW!!"



Brazoria County is located southwest of Houston.

Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta said residents were warned that the levee would be overtopped at some point, and a mandatory evacuation order was given Sunday.

The levee was later fortified, but officials said they did not know how long the work would hold.

Officials in Houston were also keeping an eye on infrastructure such as bridges, roads and pipelines that are in the path of the floodwaters.

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