'This is a nightmare event': Levee breached south of Houston

Georgia Reed
August 30, 2017

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

You might be concerned if you just saw president Donald Trump retweet this stark message from Brazoria County, a suburban area just Southeast of Houston that's home to more than 300,000 people.

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

He said residents were told that at some point the levee would be "overtopped". The area endangered is West Columbia, a town of about 4,000 people located about 60 miles outside of Houston alongside the Columbia Lakes, a levee system built to hold back the Brazos River, a part of the section outside of Houston that has seen some of the most intense destruction in the wake of Harvey.

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Mobile internet services have also been suspended. "It is a challenging situation, but we are prepared", Kumar told reporters. M Narayanan, a senior CBI official who handled the investigation but is now retired, said "The punishment is not sufficient".

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 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. 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. Mayor Turner put the number saved by police at more than 3,000, while the Coast Guard said it had also rescued more than 3,000 by boat and air and was taking more than 1,000 calls per hour.

Residents wade through floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Beaumont Place, Houston, Texas, on August 28, 2017.

"This is something we've never faced before", Jeff Lindner of Harris County's flood control district said.

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